Manchester United poised to sign £30m Lucas Moura from Sao Paolo
Manchester United hope to complete the £30 million signing of Brazil winger Lucas Moura in the next 48 hours.
By John Percy12:00AM BST 05 Aug 2012
Moura was due to travel to Manchester for a medical today ahead of sealing his move from Sao Paolo. He is currently in this country as part of the Brazilian Olympic squad.
Ferguson remained in England yesterday while his team travelled to Norway for a friendly on Sunday.
The Scot is also applying pressure in his attempt to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal.
Nemanja Vidic is poised to make his first appearance in nearly eight months to ease a potential defensive crisis for Mr. Ferguson.
Vidic, the Manchester United captain, will play some part in a friendly in Oslo today as he bids to step up his recovery from the ruptured cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in United’s Champions League defeat by Basle last December.
Ferguson, who has missed the trip to attend to club business, will take United to Everton for their Premier League curtain-raiser in a fortnight and is already without Chris Smalling, thanks to a broken metatarsal. Jonny Evans is also battling to be fit for the start of the season after foot surgery forced him to miss United’s summer tour of South Africa and China.
United could also lose Rio Ferdinand if he is found guilty by the Football Association of improper conduct, following his tweet about Chelsea defender Ashley Cole. Ferdinand is more likely to be fined, but should he receive a ban it raises the prospect of Ferguson having Vidic and Phil Jones as his central defensive pairing at Goodison Park.
Vidic’s return will therefore be vital for United, who face Valarenga today, before games against Barcelona in Gothenburg on Wednesday and Hanover on Saturday.
United’s Euro 2012 contingent, including Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Ashley Young and Nani, will also make their first appearances of the pre-season after returning from holiday.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/9453060/Manchester-United-poised-to-sign-30m-Lucas-Moura-from-Sao-Paolo.html