This is the second bid that United have had turned down for Lucas, as they earlier had made a €32 million bid for the attacking midfielder.
Globo Esporte quote a source close to the club hierarchy as saying:
“Football is about winning titles and there is nothing more important. He will be an important player in any titles this club may win.”
Lucas, who is in the process of negotiating a new deal at the Brazilian side, is known to be interested in a move to Europe, with his current salary less than €100,000 a month.
Interestingly, Lucas will be in England for the next month or so playing in the Olympics. Could be a potential opportunity for SAF to speak to the player directly.