Ferguson sets sights on €33m Moura deal

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has confirmed his interest in Brazil starlet Lucas Moura as he attempts to strengthen his squad for the new season.

However, the Scot has insisted no deal has been reached for the 19-year-old Sao Paulo winger amid reports that the clubs have reached a £26m (€33.3m) agreement.

Speaking at a press conference in Shanghai yesterday, Ferguson said: “It’s not correct. We haven’t reached an agreement for the player.

“We have shown an interest, but until such time a we get a deal agreed, we can’t say he’s our player.”

United have already boosted their squad this summer with the additions of 23-year-old Japan international midfielder Shinji Kagawa and teenager Nick Powell, a graduate of Crewe’s famous Academy.

However, Ferguson is keen to secure further recruits and has revealed work is ongoing behind the scenes.

He said: “We’ve signed two players in the summer: Kagawa and Powell. We think they both have fantastic potential.

“At this moment, we’re looking at other options in terms of bringing other players in.”

Meanwhile Frank Lampard has refused to rule out this being his final season at Chelsea.

Lampard, who joined the Blues in 2001, is entering the last year of his contract and has been heavily linked with a move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 34-year-old England midfielder has previously expressed his desire to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge but suggested yesterday he had yet to open talks with the club over his future.

After captaining Chelsea in their pre-season friendly against Paris St Germain in the early hours of yesterday morning, the first football match ever at the new Yankee Stadium, Lampard was asked about a potential move to Major League Soccer.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I have another year on my contract at Chelsea. We have a big season. We play in the Super Cup and the World Club Championship in December. Then it’s up to Chelsea. If they want to speak with me about my future, then I’ll speak with them. I wouldn’t rule anything out at the moment.”

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, insists he is not looking to sign Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, but admits any injury setbacks during the summer may lead him to reconsider his options.

“No [I am not interested in M’Vila]. We wait on [Abou] Diaby and [Jack] Wilshere,” Wenger said. “When you look we have Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Diaby. In defensive midfielders and box-to-box players we are not short if they are all coming back. If we have setbacks in pre-season it could be different.”

Elsewhere Tim Cahill looks set to leave Everton amid speculation the Toffees have accepted a £1m (€1.2m) bid from the New York Red Bulls for the Australian.

Cahill joined the Toffees from Millwall and has notched up over 200 appearances over the eight years he has spent at Goodison. The midfielder, capped 55 times for his country, has previously said he could be open to a new challenge overseas.

Joey Barton, meanwhile, has revealed he is to train with Football League newcomers Fleetwood.

The QPR midfielder was handed a 12-game suspension following his red card and subsequent violent reaction in the club’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season.

However, as his QPR team-mates continue their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, Barton will work on his fitness with the Lancashire club, who won the Blue Square Premier last season.

The 29-year-old said, via Twitter, last night: “Looking forward to training with Fleetwood Town for the week.”

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