Man Utd Ready €36m Bid For Brazilian Playmaker
Manchester United are ready to step up their hunt for new signings by tabling a £30million bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura
With the January transfer window now open for business clubs will be working hard to try and strengthen their squad for the second half of the season, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Man Utd target Lucas Moura.
Manchester United are ready to step up their hunt for new signings by tabling a €36m (£30m) bid for Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Lucas Moura, according to the Daily Star.
Moura made his name with Sao Paulo in Brazil before opting to join big-spending PSG in the summer of 2012 when he was aged just 19. United were also strongly linked with the talented attacker but the big-spending Ligue 1 outfit blew them out the water with a mammoth £37m bid.
Then United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was left stunned by the amount PSG had paid for the teenager, saying at the time that the game had finally ‘gone mad’:
“I find it quite amazing that a club can pay 45m Euros for a 19-year-old boy. When somebody’s paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy you have to say the game’s gone mad.” Ferguson is quoted as saying by the Star.
However, Moura has struggled to establish himself at the Parc des Princes and is finding it difficult to hold down a regular first team place in Laurent Blanc’s side this season.
The Star claim that United have retained their interest in the 21-year-old with David Moyes said to have travelled to Paris to watch the Brazilian International against Bordeaux this week as part of a European wide search for new talent.
The newspaper suggests that PSG are open to offers for the attacking midfielder and the champions are ready to test their resolve with a €36m (£30m) bid while they are also willing to match the players £120,000-a-week wages.
It remains to be seen whether United’s bid will be enough to persuade PSG into selling, but if this report is accurate, it shows that the Premier League champions are certainly willing to spend big to strengthen their squad this month.
United have endured a difficult season so far and currently sit seventh in the table, a full 11 points adrift of leaders Arsenal. A series of disappointing home defeats has heaped the pressure on David Moyes and it seems he’s ready to try and spend his way out of trouble to get the club back challenging the top four.
Moura would be an exciting addition who should get fans off their seats at Old Trafford, and with the player currently struggling for playing time and a home World Cup on the horizon, he could be tempted by the move if Moyes can guarantee him regular first team action.
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