Manchester United boosted as Brazilian would snub other clubs for Old Trafford move


Manchester United have reportedly been boosted by reports that suggest Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura will ‘snub all offers to’ sign for the Old Trafford club. It was reported last week that United were interested in the Brazilian player, who former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in signing just over five years ago. The 25-year-old has been frozen out at the French club after the arrival of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during the summer, playing a bit part role at the club.

United are seemingly interested in sorting out a loan deal for the winger which is something Bordeaux, Nantes, Nice, and Real Betis are seeking also. It has been reported by Telefoot that Moura will snub all other offers to move to Manchester though. The deal is not there for the taking though, despite the reports. PSG will only sanction a loan move if it paves a path for the player to make a permanent move in the summer, which could be worth around £40 million.

United had moved to sign Moura from Sao Paolo back in the summer of 2012 with a £38 million fee being brokered by the French giants and United left looking elsewhere. It was the same summer Ferguson was interested in signing Eden Hazard from Lille, but he chose the then reigning UEFA Champions League holders ahead of the Old Trafford club. United then made a move for Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa instead and it seemed a much better deal, despite not actually turning out that way.

United have problems in the right-wing area this season and manager Jose Mourinho was seeking to improve that in the summer, failing to do so after the pursuit of Ivan Perisic ended with the player remaining at Inter Milan. So far this season, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford have played in the right-wing role, none of whom actually cementing a place in the side in that position. With Moura seemingly available and a permanent deal needed to secure his services in the summer, £40 million seems relatively cheap for a player of his standards.

During his time in Paris, Moura has scored 44 goals for his side, making 212 appearances in total. He has won major honours in France, nothing on the European level. At 25, Moura still has time on his side to rediscover his lost form, which is basically because he has been forced out of his role by the arrivals of Neymar and Mbappe, no to mention the fact that Angel Di Maria and others still remain at the club, meaning the fight for places in the squad will be tough. Moura scored 19 goals last season, in 52 appearances, which was not enough for PSG to stop Monaco winning the league.

During the current season in Ligue 1, Moura has made five appearances, scoring one goal. During those matches, he has a shot accuracy of 67% which is pretty good for a wide player, has created one chance for his teammates, which would need to be improved (but taking into account the number of appearances, that is explained). Moura has a 90% pass accuracy, which is something United are very good at doing anyway, averaging 15 metres per pass, on average at least. Defensively, Moura is inactive, which may need to change if United did come calling.

The Brazilian was named in Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League squad this season but has not made a single appearance so would be eligible to play in the competition this season, at least based on what I have read, which states:

UEFA operates European club football competitions, primarily the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.[note 1] UEFA’s regulations state that, with a few exceptions, players who play in any European club competition are subsequently cup-tied with respect to all European football for the remainder of the season.[1]

“The main current exception is the UEFA Super Cup, contested by the winners of the previous seasons’ Champions League and Europa League. As this is effectively a prestige friendly with only one round, the cup-tied rule is seen as unnecessary. Representing a club in this fixture does not affect a player’s eligibility in other UEFA competitions.[citation needed] Similarly, cup-tying did not apply to matches in the now-defunct pre-season UEFA Intertoto Cup, up to the semi-final round.

“A further exemption applies: one player per club who would normally be cup-tied can be registered and eligible to play, so long as his previous club did not field him in the same competition. This means that players can represent two different clubs in the Europa League and Champions League, but only a maximum of one player per club. However, if the first club switches into the same competition (e.g. transfers from the Champions League to the Europa League through finishing third in the group stage), the transferred player becomes ineligible. This can lead to some complex situations.”

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