The Brazilian club's director insists that, after the rejection of the Red Devils' £27 million bid, the attacking midfielder is following his desire to stay put
The Red Devils are understood to have had a £27 million bid for the young Brazil star turned down and, though the Tricolor Paulista vice-president, Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes, had left the door open for a future bid, the midfielder appears to be happy to stay where he is.
"There are no negotiations going on. Everybody knows that we got an offer for him, and rejected it. It's also known that Lucas doesn't want to leave. The only person keeping the expectations alive is his agent," Baptista declared.
"The decision is final. There will always be great team going after great players. This mismatch between the European and Brazilian transfer window makes it hard for national clubs, and we have to deal with that."
The news comes only a day after Chelsea completed the £25m signing of Lucas' Brazilian Olympic colleague, Oscar, from Internacional.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may now turn his attentions more strongly onto Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, as Goal.com exclusively revealed that the Red Devils are eyeing the out-of-favour Turkey international.
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