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Manchester United ‘make contact’ for Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura was a player Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign for Manchester United in the summer of 2012, with the club being linked again to the Brazilian a few times since he signed for Paris Saint-Germain with Ferguson ruling out a move for the then 19-year-old who signed for the Parisian side for €45 million that summer. Moura has been in and out of Unai Emery’s PSG side over the last season, which has led to reports that United have made a move, albeit preliminary, to sound out the player and the club to see if a deal could be struck for the 24-year-old. Moura made 48 appearances for PSG during the past season, scoring 16 goals, which is not bad coming from a wing position, more than United have scored from those positions anyway, but he was playing in a much poorer league when you take into account the qualities of the teams in Ligue 1.

What is being reported and by who?

SportWitness exclusively reported this rumour two days ago and they are not a ‘click bait’ site like some of the daily newspapers in the view that they will elude you to believe that Lucas Moura will be coming to United. SportWitness report this much differently, stating that Manchester United has made contact with Paris Saint-Germain, coming from multiple sources of theirs. United were first linked with Moura in the summer of 2012, and have been linked to him a few times since then. Jose Mourinho is looking for a fast-paced winger on the right side of the pitch and with the fact signing Willian from Chelsea has seemingly been ruled out with the player opting to remain at Chelsea, United will have to move onto another target, hence the reports suggesting it is Moura. SportWitness suggest these are initial steps, looking into the conditions and plausibility of the transfer, which could move faster should Mourinho narrow down his list of options. The Mirror have based a report in their rumours section of the report from SportWitness, as have the Manchester Evening News, The Metro and The Sun.

What type of player is Lucas Moura?

Lucas Moura is a quick, diminutive, and mobile winger, who is also powerful, creative, and technically gifted, the Brazilian is known for explosive acceleration, agility, and pace on the ball, as well as his excellent dribbling skills, in particular his use of trickery and feints, which make him a dangerous offensive threat. A versatile player, he is also capable of playing in several positions and has also been deployed as a forward, in midfield, or as an attacking midfielder behind the strikers. During the past season in Ligue 1, Moura created 54 chances for his teammates, scored 12 goals in 37 appearances and has a shot accuracy of 55%, which is not all that bad considering his position on the pitch. His passing is good, 83% of his passes were direct to a teammate, helping his side maintain possession. He also averaged at least one defensive action per match, which for an attacking player, shows his ability to drop back if needed. In the UEFA Champions League over the past season, Moura has played at a similar level of performance as he had in Ligue 1, creating 24 chances for his teammates, scoring two goals in seven appearances, having a shot accuracy of 55% again. His passing was 80% accurate and he averaged at least two defensive actions per match played. Could Moura do it in the Premier League, though?

Likelihood of the transfer?

Right now, the reports which have been published suggest that this is only an initial step to sound the club and the player out over a move to Manchester United this summer. There is nothing to suggest that the initial step has been taken further with talks between the clubs and the player’s representatives. At this stage, there will be more than one option for the player, and there would be nothing to suggest that would result in a move to the Old Trafford club. United will have many targets seeing as Jose Mourinho confirmed that he had two lists; one should the club qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, which they have and another should they not have achieved that. Mourinho has confirmed that there will be a surprise no that list, which could be a player much bigger than Lucas Moura. With the rumours suggesting that United are looking to sign Ivan Perisic, Moura could be another piece to that puzzle, or could well be another option.

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