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Inter confirm interest in Lucas

July 13, 2012
By ESPN staff

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has confirmed that his club is working towards signing Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura.

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Lucas, 19, is the subject of interest from Italy, while Manchester United and Chelsea are also tracking the midfielder - but Inter appear to be first in line.

When asked whether Inter had made headway in their negotiations to acquire Lucas, Moratti told the club's official website: "Yes we have, but the progress that has been made is to see whether or not there is a chance [to buy the player].

"Now we have to see if we can manage to carry it out. These are things that have to take place by putting everything together, which also means taking a look at our revenue. He [Lucas] is a player that has great talent. We are watching him closely.''

Inter may well be priced out, however, as any deal would have to be over £30 million, according to reports in Brazil.

Sao Paulo reportedly turned down a £10 million offer from Inter iin January and their director of football, Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes, mocked Inter's renewed interest on Wednesday.

"There is no [formal] offer and, even if it were to appear, this amount is ridiculous," he said. "How can you pay €25m (£20m) for a player of Lucas's quality? Italian football is broke - the club [Inter] are broke. It seems they are creating this to satisfy the fans."

Lucas will compete for Brazil at the Olympics in London later this month.