São Paulo may open up contract talks with Lucas Moura
São Paulo director of football, Adalberto Baptista, has said the club are considering talking to Manchester United target, Lucas Moura, about an extension to his current contract.
“It may be that [we] change the contract. [It is] for four years. But we can call him, or any other player, anytime, to renegotiate, [or] extend. It may be that we call him for an extension [but with] new terms”, said Baptista.
Moura’s current contract runs until December 2015 and was signed with the Morumbi club in February last year.
São Paulo, though, are aware that the player’s parents and agent, Wagner Ribeiro, are currently in the UK. It’s well known that any deal involving Moura will have to go through his father and this has fuelled speculation that something may be the offing with Manchester United.
Baptista, however, says he’s not concerned: “[His] family went there to see the Olympics, as was arranged before. It’s to watch their son, like so many other parents [do]. [The trip] has nothing to do with business, [it’s] simply to watch the games”.
If any deal were to go through, it would be in São Paulo’s interest to complete the transfer before August 1st. Currently Moura owns 20% of his economic rights, and São Paulo 80%. From August, the player will own 30%; thus cutting in to São Paulo’s share of the transfer fee.