The Mirror says United are pulling out of the race for Brazilian whizzkid Lucas – because his ‘camp’ want an eye-watering £6million in fees.
United were happy to pay Moura's club, Sao Paulo, £25m for the midfielder, who's currently in the UK representing his country at the Olympics.
The snag has been the ‘extras’ wanted by his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, and the teenager's relatives, which pushed the cost of the deal too high for all concerned.
Reds manager Sir Alex Ferguson had hoped to wrap up a move - and wear down the Lucas clan - but now United have walked away from the deal and will look elsewhere.
The Old Trafford club have laughed off reports that Moura found Manchester ‘boring’ after playing there during the Olympics.
Insiders say the collapse of the transfer was strictly down to the amount of money being asked for.