Lucas Moura agrees to join Manchester United – reports

Manchester United have reportedly agreed personal terms with Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian winger Lucas Moura. Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Moura could move from the French capital to Manchester in a £35 million deal, although there are reports suggesting the transfer fee for the player could be much less unless add-ons are included in this report. Jose Mourinho wanted to sign a winger in the summer with Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic a player linked to the club but the move was not feasible after United baulked at the financial demands of the Italian giants.

The reports by Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that Moura has agreed to leave Paris for Old Trafford, which is more of the same rumour from Monday which suggested Moura would turn down other clubs for United if they made a move for him. United and PSG are, however, lock in negotiations as they look to agree on a fee for the player. Previous reports have suggested that United would rather take the Brazilian winger on loan with the French club seeking to sell the player who has been benched after the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer.

The 25-year-old has played just 72 minutes of football so far this season and will be looking for more playing time ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer as the player will be hoping he is selected for the squad which will face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in the group stage of the tournament. Moura has shown his skills as a player throughout the last five years of his career in Paris and will be seeking to resurrect his career with a move to the Premier League club, who wanted to sign him in the summer of 2015.

PSG spent £198 million on Neymar last summer and will need to pay another huge fee to seal the permanent move for Mbappe this summer, so selling the players who are on the fringes of the first team will be needed to seemingly balance the books at the club if they have any hope in keeping their Financial Fair Play in order. Moura only has two-years remaining on his contract in the French capital and that could work in United’s favour when it comes to brokering a deal, whether that is an initial loan spell or a straightforward purchase, we should find out in good time.

United are in need of a winger to play on the right. At this moment in time, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and even Anthony Martial have all played in this position, none of them cementing a place in the team in the role. Looking at the void between United and Premier League leaders Manchester City, let alone the close proximity of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur, United second-placed position in the league could be whittled away if they do not strengthen this month.

It is also understood that Liverpool, according to Le Parisien, have expressed an interest in the Brazilian winger, presumably to replace Philippe Coutinho, who secured his move to Barcelona at the weekend. Moura has actually scored 45 goals in 228 appearances for PSG in the last five seasons, making his move from Sao Paulo in the summer of 2012, the same summer former United manager Sir Ales Ferguson tried to sign the player, opting for Shinji Kagawa instead. Could it be second time lucky for United this month?

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