Real, Chelsea to battle for Brazilian youngster

Real, Chelsea to battle for Brazilian youngster
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez gives Lucas Moura's parents and agent a tour of the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have emerged as rivals to Chelsea for the services of Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura.

The 19-year-old has impressed for club side Sao Paulo this season and is regarded as one of South America's hottest prospects.

The Blues were linked with a late January swoop for the precocious talent, who has also caught the attention of Serie A side Inter Milan.

French television station Canal + have now published photographs showing Madrid president Florentino Perez giving the youngster's parents a tour of the Bernaubeu.

However, the midfielder's agent Wagner Ribeiro, who was also on the tour, confirmed that Los Blancos have yet to make an offer.

"I took Lucas's parents to Real Madrid because I have already visited Italy and England with them," Ribeiro told Brazilian newspaper Globoesporte.

"This does not mean Lucas will play for Real or any other team. At the moment, there have been no offers for him."

Manchester United have also shown an interest in Moura.

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