Nantes have been given the green light from Paris Saint-Germain to sign Manchester United target Lucas Moura this month.
The 25-year-old has not started a single Ligue 1 game for PSG this season after completely falling out of favour at the club.
He is expected to leave the French capital during the window and it has been widely reported that he is hoping to join United.
The Old Trafford giants have been linked with Moura but it appears as if they are still some way off any deal being agreed.
Meanwhile, Nantes have been working hard to keep the playmaker in France and PSG are happy for Moura to join them.
And now Nantes President Waldemar Kita has warned the star that moving to another country this month may be a bad idea as he steps up their attempts to lure him in.
Kita told L’Equipe: “PSG told me ‘no problem,’ but it is with the player and his agent that things are more complicated.
“They surely have offers from big clubs but, personally, I think it would be nice if he stayed in France because to leave for abroad in January is always difficult.
“In order to convince, we need direct contact. I was appropriate; I contacted decision-makers at PSG first. Again, they told me ‘yes, in principle.’
“The problem is that things have been dragging on for two to three months with his agent. Things remain open.”