Lucas Moura admits he could leave São Paulo for PSG
The 19-year-old has been the name on everyone’s lips this summer, with the likes of Manchester United, Inter Milan and most recently PSG battling to lure him away from his current club.
However, United and Inter have recently pulled out of the race for his signature as they have no intention of paying São Paulo’s €40million-plus asking price for Lucas.
Lucas told Globo Esporte: "Talks with PSG are well under way, but not done yet. I spoke to Thiago Silva and Leonardo [PSG sporting director], they said many good things about the club and the project they are implementing there.
"I will stay at São Paulo until the end of the year. I have always said that I want to win a title and qualify for the Copa Libertadores before leaving.
"If the transfer happens in January, I'll be able to do that for São Paulo. For now, I'm focused on the national team, though. I can only say something after the Olympics."
São Paulo vice-president, João Paulo de Jesus Lopes, recently said: "It is a financial issue. Paris Saint-Germain are a big club in European football, and if the player's interests and also the club's are met, I do not see why it could not happen.
"A transfer is an option, but it is up to the player to decide. São Paulo’s policy is to listen to the player's desire. If Lucas wants to leave the club, we will not hamper a move. However, he will only leave for the right price."
Lucas is expected to make a decision about his future after returning from the London Olympic Games, where he could represent the Seleção as they go for gold against Mexico in the final of the tournament.
PSG currently have a maximum of four non-EU players in their squad, but they are hopeful that Milan Bisevac will receive dual nationality shortly, allowing the Ligue 1 giants to add Lucas, who is from outside the European Union, to their squad either this summer or in January.