Lucas Moura has admitted that he joined PSG instead of Manchester United because the club let him remain in Brazil for the rest of the year and “PSG’s terms were better”.
The 20-year-old was one of the most sought after players in the last transfer window and it seemed that United would sign him until PSG came in with a monster €45 million bid to secure his signature.
And speaking in June’s edition of Four Four Two, Moura admitted that he was very close to joining United.
He said: “It wasn’t an easy decision but in the end I joined PSG, largely because they allowed me to stay in Brazil until the end of the year.
“And PSG’s terms were better.”
Given the fact that PSG had the funds to spend €150 million on Ibrahimovic, Silva and Moura last summer, I’d say that they certainly had the bankroll to give better “terms” than United too.
If money was his drive, then PSG can have him. The departure of Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison and others over the years have shown that more often than not, those driven by money have no place at the club (not if you’re Rooney).
He has impressed since arriving in PSG with the French side romping towards a Ligue 1 title and it is a real shame United missed out on him given his talent, especially with how poor our wingers have been this season.
Later in the interview with Four Four Two, Moura also stated that the presence of fellow Brazilians Alex, Nene, Silva and Maxwell at the club helped his decision.
“That was one of his arguments [club director Leonardo], that their presence would be good for me and it’s true, I have spent a lot of time with them as we speak the same language.”
It all boiled down to money unfortunately, the commodity that football now speaks in.
But despite losing out on Moura last year, Ferguson is confident that United can compete in this summer transfer window where he is looking to bring in a couple of players to build on what is already a fantastic squad blooded with young talent.