At one point Moura’s agent declared the move dead, but his club quickly rubbished that, claiming that a deal could still be reached.
It appears the public courting and the stalling of the move has worked against Sir Alex though as oil rich PSG became interested and appear to have won the race for Moura.
The move would see Moura join in January, something that benefits both Sao Paulo and PSG as the Brazilian side hold onto their player a little longer, and PSG get to unload a non EU player, keeping them in the limits of the Ligue 1.
And Moura is more than happy to wait as he told Globo Esporte:
“This is a good thing. I’ll stay at Sao Paulo until the end of the year. Things are well underway.
“No doubt that would be better because I can help Sao Paulo a bit more. I have always said I want to win a title before leaving and qualify for the Libertadores Cup.
“If it happens in January, I’ll be able to do that for Sao Paulo.
“I’m focused on the national team. I can only say something after the Olympics. It’s well underway, but not done.
“I talked to Thiago Silva and Leonardo, they said many good things about the club, the project they are implementing there.”
Another one bites the dust it seems.