Man Utd interest in Santos star Lima confirmed by agent, but they face Barcelona and Inter battle

Lucas Lima Santos
The Brazil international midfielder is set to become a free agent in January, and Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is among those considering an approach

Manchester United are among those considering a move to land Santos stars Lucas Lima when he becomes a free agent in January, claims the midfielder’s agent.

The 27-year-old is approaching the end of his current contract and is attracting interest from leading clubs across Europe.

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He was targeted by Crystal Palace and Fenerbahce over the summer, but United, Barcelona, Roma and Inter Milan have now joined the hunt.

Jose Mourinho was in the market for a create playmaker during the last transfer window – as the Red Devils were heavily linked with Inter’s Ivan Perisic – so he may be tempted to explore those options once again in the New Year.

Lima’s representative, Luccas Badia, told Turkish newspaper Haberturk: “Inter, Roma and Barcelona are keeping close tabs on Lucas, Manchester United want him.

“I think we would be well suited to the Serie A but we will see.

“His contract ends on December 31 and there are many clubs interested but I am not sure what Santos is trying to do.

“Crystal Palace made a €15m offer while Fenerbahce made a €20m bid but for some reason neither has been accepted.”

Lima has been with Santos since 2014, having been snapped up from Internacional.

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He has made close to 200 appearances for the club, netting 19 goals.

Lima has also earned 14 caps for Brazil – having made his debut in 2015 – and has found the target on two occasions for his country.

Barca were reported to have agreed a four-year deal with him in June, with Neymar leading the calls for his signature, but no deal agreement was reached and his fellow Brazilian has since departed Camp Nou in a record-breaking €222 million switch to Paris Saint-Germain.