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Manchester United face ever-increasing Lucas Moura price-tag

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Manchester United's attempts of laying claim to talented Brazilian attacker Lucas Moura has hit another roadblock, with the youngster's price upscaled by £5 million by his parent club Sao Paulo according to reports in the Daily Mail.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been looking to add more flair to his squad with the purchase of the the talented 19-year old, and had sent the club's chief scout Jim Lawlor to Brazil in order to forge a deal with the Sao Paulo.

Instead, the Red Devils found out that they need to act fast in order to sign the starlet, with Moura's price increasing by the day.

Sao Paulo current are demanding £30 million for the player, of which £23.5 million will go to the club and the rest to the player under a clause in Moura's contract that makes the player eligible to 20 per cent of the fee paid for him. And while United are trying to bring down that astronomical value, they also know that any deal after August 1 will see that 'cut' for Moura rise to 30 per cent.

Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvencio has insisited that the club will demand its £23.5 million either way, effectively pushing the player's price up by around £5 million if the Manchester club delay the transfer much further.

Moura is expected to be monitored extensively by the Red Devils during the Summer Olympics, with the starlet set to feature for the Brazilian Under-23 side. Chances are though, a deal will also need to be struck during the tournament if United are to beat the 1st August deadline.