The Sao Paulo vice-president has admitted that the Brazilian club are open to further bids from Manchester United for Lucas Moura, but only if Sir Alex Ferguson matches their valuation of the promising youngster.
A move appeared to be over following the 19-year-old’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, insisting that the Premier League runners-up would not be increasing their offer after having a £27 million bid rejected.
But, Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes appears keen for United to come back in with an improved offer after reportedly slapping a £30m asking price on the youngster.
"I don't rule out the possibility that in the future we open negotiations with Manchester United as we received them with great courtesy,” the board member told ESPN.
"And there is the possibility they come back with another offer. Their approach was serious.
"Other teams have also expressed interest for Lucas, but only through the press from their countries."
Lopes also reiterated the sought-after youngster's happiness with remaining in Brazil, stating his belief that the Selecao star may be better served gaining more experience before a move to Europe.
"Lucas has already expressed his intention of eventually staying at Sao Paulo," he revealed.
"He is a very important player for our team. He wants to stay because he is still very young. He's only 19."