Manchester United are looking to sign a long-term option on the right wing and have reportedly turned their attention to Paris St. Germain attacker Lucas Moura. The Daily Mirror have linked the Brazilian with a move to Old Trafford in January and the Ligue 1 side are holding out for £22 million in order to part ways with the player.
Moura was a hot property in the transfer market back in 2012. He had set the world alight with his performances for Sao Paulo, and was a target for numerous top European clubs. Manchester United too, were among the names that were interested in signing the starlet, but due to his agent’s enormous fees, the Red Devils pulled out of the move – paving the way for PSG to complete a £38 million move.
However, since then the Parisiens have secured the services of a number of quality attacking players, leaving Moura wilting on the sidelines. In fact, the Brazilian has played a paltry 72 minutes of league football this term, and has been hinting at an exit ever since his compatriot Neymar walked through the door in the summer for a world-record fee.
If reports in England are to be believed, United are willing to respond to his “come and get me” plea and are prepared to commence negotiations with the Ligue 1 outfit for his sale in January. It is understood that PSG value the player at £22 million and are open to parting ways with him.
While Moura might not be the ideal long-term option for the Red Devils, he can certainly be of great help to them until the end of the season. United do not possess a quality out-and-out winger in their ranks, and Moura could fit the bill for the club. He is pacey and a clever dribbler, and more importantly he is an immediate upgrade on the likes of Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
A move to United could see the 25-year-old regain his spot in the national squad. He has been somewhat on the periphery of the Brazil setup, having made just three caps in the last four years. At Old Trafford, the Brazilian will play week in and week out – which could see him make a good case for being included in the World Cup squad later this year.