Manchester United may still be in with a chance of landing Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura after hearing comments from the clubs vice president suggesting that he is willing to further negotiate with the Premier League side.
It had appeared as though any potential for a deal had come to an end earlier this week, but the latest comments from Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes seem to suggest that United may still be able to land their man.
"I don't rule out the possibility that in the future there are some sort of negotiations, because we received Manchester [United] with great courtesy and left open the possibility of more talks," the vice-president told Radio Estado ESPN, as reported in the Daily Mail.
"Manchester [United] came to us and their approach was serious. Other teams expressed an interest for Lucas, but only through the media in their countries."
However, Lopes did fire a warning to Manchester United by suggesting that the young attacking midfielder is more than happy to remain with his home-town club.
"The player has expressed his intention to remain at Sao Paulo, and is a very important player in our squad. He wants to stay because he is very young," added Lopes.
Lucas is currently in England as part of the Brazil squad that will compete at the London Olympics and he is bound to gain plenty of attention as he is expected to be one of the star performers for the South American side.
The 19-year-old has already been capped on 15 occasions by Brazil and has been a crucial member of the Sao Paulo side since first bursting onto the scene in 2010 and becoming a regular in the side despite his young age.
Manchester United have been repeatedly linked with the midfielder as it seems that Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to add yet more depth to his squad, having already signed Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell so far this summer.