After a few short rumours here and there, there’s finally a more detailed story about Lucas Moura’s possible transfer to Manchester United in the January transfer window.
It’s the website UOL who has a long article today, and they make it very clear where the talks stand, as for now, things look a bit far from a deal.
According to UOL, Manchester United have made contacts through intermediaries, and after knowing about the player’s interest in making the move, promised they would make an offer to Paris Saint Germain. Something that hasn’t happened so far.
Lucas would be upset with PSG’s demands, which as revealed by Le Parisien, would be €40m. At least from his point of view, that’s what would be stopping the deal for now.
UOL says that although Lucas hopes PSG could negotiate his sale for half of that price, the French club would rather wait a bit more and see if other offers come before the end of January.
Lucas has made it clear that he has Manchester United as his favourite destination, and that’s something PSG don’t like much. The French side were in favour of a move to Monaco, and the player also had approaches from Cruzeiro, Sporting and Nantes, but didn’t want to leave for any of them, as he wants a top side.
The only club who was also seen as a good option was Arsenal, but the Gunners never made a bid.
So although UOL claims a ‘positive outcome’ over the Manchester United is expected in the next few days, the scenario looks a little more complicated money-wise.
Lucas is really keen on a move, but PSG don’t seem like they will attend his demands so easily. Unless United show up with a great offer.
In September 2016, Lucas’ agent Wagner Riberio spoke about Mourinho wanting the player at both Real Madrid and Manchester United: “Who called Lucas Moura there (Madrid), who wanted Lucas Moura wasn’t Florentino. It was Mourinho.
“Mourinho was, is, passionate for Lucas Moura. So much so that now at Manchester he wants Lucas as well.”
In May 2016, more than two sources informed Sport Witness Manchester United had made contact with PSG over a possible future transfer, with any move, around that time, dependent on Mourinho getting other targets.