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Paris Saint-Germain winger up for a move this month if Manchester United want him

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura this month, reportedly on loan with a permanent £40 million deal to be secured in the summer, according to The Sun. The current Ligue 1 leaders will only allow the player to leave if a permanent deal is agreed, which makes me wonder why United would try and get the player on loan if they had to purchase him at the end of the season.

United missed out on Moura in the summer of 2012 after PSG signed the player for £38 million from Sao Paulo in Brazil with United also interested, and missed out on Eden Hazard that summer, opting to bring in Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund instead, him leaving the Old Trafford club two years later. Mourinho was looking to sign a winger in the summer with Ivan Perisic the number one target for the club but the player remained at Inter Milan, seemingly snubbing a move to the Theatre of Dreams.

The right-wing position is something that needs reinforcement this season and the January transfer window the only opportunity to fill the void, albeit a tough time to sign a player considered good enough to offer what is needed to a club such as United. Moura has played 212 times for PSG since 2012, scoring 44 goals for the club – also winning the Ligue 1 title four times, the Coupe de France three times, the Coupe de la Ligue four times and the Trophée des Champions five times, which is an impressive trophy haul, even if it was from the French league.

This season, Moura has been mostly out of the picture at PSG, not starting a single match. He has made six appearances, all from the bench (five in the Ligue 1, one in the Coupe de la Ligue), scoring one goal, assisting another and registering three shots on goal, two of those on target. Many may seem a player such a Moura on a fall from grace but looking at his stats this season, there is still some talent there which is to be used. With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to contend with this season, it is easy to see why Moura is on the bench more often than not.

There has already been some interest from Chinese Premier League side Beijing Guoan, based on reports, but the player would seemingly prefer a move to the Theatre of Dreams instead. The 25-year-old still having a lot to offer a club, especially if he can find his form and help where the holes are within the squad, which seems to be on the right-wing and the number ten position, although Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have offered a lot of late in the number ten role in the 4-2-3-1 formation, which seems to be pretty archaic at this moment in time.

Last season, before both Neymar and Mbappe arrived in France, Moura made 48 competitive appearances for PSG (38 starts and 10 substitute appearances in all competitions) scoring 16 goals and assisting a further seven goals. The Brazilian had 87 shots on goal throughout the season, 52 of those being on target. It has previously been reported that Moura has held transfer talks with PSG manager Unai Emery in December, along with Hatem Ben Arfa, both seemingly unwanted at the Parc des Princes. Responding to a question based on Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria, Emery responded:

“Javier and Angel? As far as I know, they have not declared their desire to leave. They are as they are — in the team. We have spoken with Hatem and Lucas about possible moves, nobody else.”

Lucas Moura seems available with PSG actively seeking a club to sell him to and being that he is a talented player and a relatively cheap transfer at £40 million in the summer, there is value in the deal, especially if Mourinho can help bring back the players form after him sitting on the sidelines for the majority of the 2017/18 season. At 25, Moura would still be a player with a resale value, perhaps around the same fee United may pay for him, possibly more if he can set fire to the Premier League during the remainder of the current season and beyond.

There are few options available and he was a player Sir Alex Ferguson wanted so all that is left here is whether United are interested in the player and brokering a deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

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