Jose Mourinho scouted Lucas Moura yesterday in a sure sign that Real Madrid are far ahead of any Premier League rivals when it comes to interest in the Brazilian player.
In April Mirror Football claimed that Manchester United were chasing the youngster too. They said at the time:
Manchester United are in a titanic signing battle with Real Madrid to sign Brazil's next young superstar - Sao Paulo attacking midfielder Lucas - in a £12million deal.
United have invited the 19-year-old's father to Old Trafford for talks and want to agree a move for the kid who is rated the next best thing to Neymar in his homeland.
The teenage sensation has already been capped 11 times by his country and United want to buy him now before his price gets higher, but they are already facing formidable competition.
Last week the Daily Mail said Chelsea had already had a bid rejected for the player:
Chelsea have had a £32.4million offer for Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura rejected according to Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvenico.
Moura, 19, has grabbed the attention of Europe's biggest clubs after establishing himself as one of Brazil's most promising young players.
The attacking midfielder has already won 11 caps for his country and Juvenico warned only an 'enormous offer' will prise him away.
Juvenico claimed a bid of £20.2million from Inter Milan had also already been declined while Real Madrid had made contact to underline the interest.
'We did not accept the offer but of course Chelsea is the closest to signing Lucas,' he told Italian website www.fcinter1908.com.
Wildly differing reports in terms of the price but it would now appear that Real Madrid have taken the lead. AS.com have photos of Jose Mourinho watching the Brazil match against Denmark yesterday and say the manager was there to check on Moura.
The club have been linked with him previously and Sao Paulo got annoyed recently when it was reported that the player's parents had met Real Madrid officials. If the interest from Manchester United and Chelsea is genuine then the clubs will be worried that the Spanish club appear to be in poll position.
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