Sources close to SqueakyBumTime tell us that Abramovich is desperate to land the highly-rated Brazilian and is preparing to up his offer to €45 million in an effort to tempt Tricolor Paulista into selling.
The Russian oligarch is overseeing all player recruitment until he appoints a new permanent manager at Stamford Bridge and has become enamoured by Moura who is courting interest from Europe’s top clubs.
Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvenico confirmed the Blues had made an offer after speaking to the Telegraph: “€40million” He said. “I can not say right now (what price Sao Paulo would sell at) because they are assessments that are made taking into account many factors – you know the market.”
“But Lucas is a fantastic player with great qualities who is giving so much to the team.”
He has told the interested parties that it would require an “enormous offer” to prise the attacking midfielder away from the Estadio do Morumbi.
Serie A side Inter Milan are monitoring the 19-year-old’s progress and have already made an offer that was rebuffed whilst La Liga champions Real Madrid are also reportedly weighing up their options.
However Juvenico confirmed the bid made by Chelsea has put them in the driving seat to obtain Moura’s signature and believes the 11 times capped Brazil international will make a big impact in Europe.
“We did not accept the offer but of course Chelsea is the closest to signing Lucas,” He said
“Inter made an offer of £20.2 million, but this was not considered sufficient by us.
“Real Madrid is one of these other interested clubs – there has been contact with the president Florentino Perez, who admires the player.
“Lucas is a big player who will triumph in Europe, but Sao Paulo will only sell him for an enormous offer.”