PSG Overtakes Inter Milan and Manchester United in Lucas Moura Pursuit

Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IIAugust 7, 2012

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Despite earlier claims to the contrary by Carlo Ancelotti, PSG may not be done in the transfer market yet. Reports are swirling from various sources that PSG have passed Manchester United and Inter Milan into pole position to sign Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura.

If PSG are able to secure the signature of the talented Brazilian, it would be their fifth major move of the summer.

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti commented the following on the Moura situation (via Setanta Sports):

Paris Saint-Germain have lodged a €45 million bid for Lucas Moura, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed.

Moratti went on further:

"Faced with such prices, we cannot compete. We have a different logic than that of Paris Saint-Germain," said Moratti.

"In any case, there are no regrets that we didn't finish off the move, as the cost was already pretty high a few days ago.

"The €45m that PSG offered is completely illogical and for us it would've been very out of key with our approach.

"PSG are starting a new era, so they are completely reconstructing the squad. At least I can relish the fact I'm saving money.

"We were close to Lucas, for several days we talked about him, but honestly I never really believed in this deal, because it was too expensive.

"I have no regrets, the only certain thing now is that I saved money. (Bologna's Gaston) Ramirez and (Catania's Alejandro) Gomez as alternatives? There are many good players, but I don't choose the players."

There should be no surprise in PSG's interest in the Brazilian midfielder. He is an up-and-coming playmaker similar to PSG's Javier Pastore.

With PSG sporting director Leonardo's connections to his native Brazil, PSG has probably been kept abreast of the situation with Lucas. When negotiations dragged on with Manchester United, Leonardo appears to have taken his chance to swoop in for the capture.

PSG new boy Thiago Silva has probably been discussing the advantage of playing in Paris to his Olympic teammate. Besides the differences between the cities of Paris and Manchester, PSG also has an advantage over Manchester United in its history of Brazilian players. Ronaldinho, Rai, Leonardo and now Silva have all graced the Parisian club.

If Lucas decides to find his way to Paris, he will add to the impressive depth PSG currently possesses. His role would more than likely be to take pressure off of Pastore by playing in the French cups, starting against weaker opposition and coming on as a sub until he got his feet wet.

PSG could decide to purchase Lucas and leave him in Brazil until January. The opportunity for him to integrate into the squad has passed by with the start of the season this weekend. Coming in during the winter break would give the Brazilian time to work his way into some comfort with the squad and may be more beneficial to his development.

A future midfield with the likes of Verratti and Pastore entering their prime was already an impressive thought. Adding a Lucas to that takes that future vision to a whole new level.