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PSG trump Manchester United to sign Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo

The Brazil international has been the subject of interest from Old Trafford, but has signed a four-year deal with les Parisiens and will join Carlo Ancelotti's side in January 2013

Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura.

The Brazil international has signed a four-year deal with the French club and will join Carlo Ancelotti's side in January 2013.

The 19-year-old has long been linked with a move to Europe, with the Red Devils and Inter the long-term front-runners for his signature.

However, the player admitted earlier this week that he was in advanced talks with les Parisiens, and the the Ligue 1 outfit confirmed on Wednesday that a transfer had been agreed.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Paris Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo FC have reached today an agreement for the definitive transfer of Lucas Rodriguez Moura Da Silva.

“The player and Paris Saint-Germain have also signed an agreement from January 2013 to July 2017. The player will join Paris Saint-Germain and his new teammates in January 2013 for the second half of the season 2012-13.

“By signing a young talent of the quality of Lucas Rodriguez Moura Da Silva, Paris Saint-Germain is already preparing the future.”

Lucas becomes Carlo Ancelotti's fourth major signing this summer, following the arrivals of countryman Thiago Silva, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi.

He is believed to have signed a contract worth 250,000 (£197,000) a month, putting him on a par with some of the club's top earners.

Lucas is currently on international duty at the Olympic Games, as Brazil's U-23 squad attempt to win gold for the first time when they take on Mexico on Saturday.

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