Two Clubs Keen On Manchester United Target
Manchester United face competition from Tottenham Hotspur for the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Lucas Moura.
The Brazilian looks set to quit PSG having fallen down the pecking order at the Ligue 1 club. His five league appearances have all come off the substitutes’ bench for a total of 72 minutes playing time. He made an eight-minute appearance in one French League Cup tie and he hasn’t got off the bench at all in two Champions League games in which he was named amongst the substitutes.
The latter could be key to his future. If he plays in the Champions League for one club he cannot play for another in the same season’s competition. That would knock down his valuation.
So Lucas looks set to be sold this month by PSG. Manchester United were strongly linked with the Brazilian back in 2012 when he was Sao Paulo. Sir Alex Ferguson was convinced he had managed to persuade him to move to Old Trafford when he was in London playing for Brazil at the Olympic football tournament. But PSG came in with a late bid of £32million and sealed the deal.
According to the French newspaper L’Equipe, Tottenham are also keen on Lucas. The north London club snapped up Serge Aurier from PSG last summer and chairman Daniel Levy maintains a good relationship with the French club’s hierarchy.
Lucas doesn’t appear to be a priority for United in the current transfer window. That leaves the way open for Spurs. Serie A leaders Napoli are also interested.
But Levy wants a six-month loan deal rather than a permanent transfer. That doesn’t sit too well with the French club who want to sell. They need to offload a number of players before 30 June in order to raise the cash to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
Manchester United are waiting in the wings. But there will be no January move to Old Trafford.