Manchester United Transfer News: Lucas Moura Would Be Perfect Signing for Man U

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2012

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Lucas of Brazil holds off Aaron Ramsey and Jack Cork of GB during the international friendly match between Team GB and Brazil at Riverside Stadium on July 20, 2012 in Middlesbrough, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are on the verge of killing two birds with one Lucas Moura.

Should the team land the 19-year-old Brazilian prodigy, the team would not only be adding some much-needed youth to the squad, they would also land an exciting talent to rival the offseason additions of other Premier League foes such as Eden Hazard, who signed with Chelsea.

From David McDonnell of the Mirror:

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United are trying to sign Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Moura.

As revealed by MirrorFootball, United are closing in on a £26million deal with Sao Paulo for the 19-year-old sensation but the deal is not yet complete.

Ferguson, speaking in Shanghai on United's pre-season tour, said: "We haven't reached an agreement for the player.

"We have shown interest but until such time as we can get an agreement, then we can't say he's our player."

Lucas is versatile and creative enough to play either as a center forward, attacking central midfielder or on the wings for Manchester United. And his crafty dribbling, vision and oodles of flair will make him a lot of fun to watch for fans of the Red Devils.

Not so fun to watch for the rest of the EPL, however.

Sure, Manchester United might have more immediate needs—the center of the midfield could certainly use some depth—but if you have a chance to add one of the bright young talents in the game, you do it.

There is no guarantee that Nani or Danny Welbeck will be with this team for the long haul. Javier Hernandez suffered a setback this past season. Injuries always threaten to ruin a season.

Adding a bright young talent like Lucas Moura ensures that Manchester United will be scary on the attack for years to come. Well, assuming the EPL suits his game, that is. There are concerns that Lucas' flair will sometimes consume his game—his selfishness stifling his playmaking abilities.

Manchester United is looking to make a splash this offseason, and this would certainly fulfill that requirement. Lucas would bring a creativity the team lacked this season, and some added youth for the future as well.

The money is great, but the return has the potential to be far greater.


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