Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Man Utd Wise to Pass Up Expensive Lucas Moura
There is no question that Lucas Moura is one of the intriguing young players in soccer today. But every player has a price, and apparently, the one for Lucas has become far too expensive for Manchester United.
Though rumored to be enamored with the Brazilian midfielder, Manchester United apparently have dropped out of the proceedings. And wisely so, I might add.
From the Mirror:
Manchester United are pulling out of the race for Brazilian whizzkid Lucas Moura—because his 'camp' want an eye-watering £6million in fees.
United were happy to pay Moura's club, Sao Paulo, £25m for the midfielder, who's currently in the UK representing his country at the Olympics.
The snag has been the 'extras' wanted by his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, and the teenager's relatives, which pushed the cost of the deal too high for all concerned.
How much might it end up costing to land Lucas' services? Well, according to his club, Sao Paulo (via ESPN), the asking price is fairly steep.
Paris Saint-Germain have been in contact with Sao Paulo about a €45 million deal for Lucas Moura, the Brazilian club have confirmed— ESPN Soccernet (@ESPNSoccernet) August 7, 2012
Sorry, but that price tag for Lucas is absolutely absurd.
There is no question that he is a fantastic, versatile young player. At Manchester United, he could likely slot into either wing position, play as an attacking midfielder or even as a center forward. He's a smart, technically sound player who possesses the normal Brazilian flair and an ability to find the back of the net.
In 26 starts in all competitions for Sau Paulo this year, he has eight goals and four assists. He is also on the Brazilian Olympic team, and has made one start (and come on twice as a substitution) for the squad. His quality is clear.
But Manchester United could surely add a player like Isco for far less and get many of the same qualities they could acquire with Lucas Moura.
Manchester United will regret dropping out of the Lucas Moura sweepstakes.
Plus, one wonders where Lucas Moura would fit into this club in the near future. With Rooney at center forward, Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young on the wings and players such as Shinji Kagawa, Tom Cleverly, Anderson, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs in the midfield, the Red Devils have a lot of depth.
€45 million is a lot for a player who might not crack the starting lineup very often in his first season.
So let PSG continue to throw its money into the wind. Manchester United is wise to stay out of this bidding and save its dollars for another day and another starlet.
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