Sunday 25 February 2018

Manchester United consider Lucas Moura move as PSG look to generate January income

PSG's Lucas Moura
PSG's Lucas Moura

Jason Burt

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to sell Lucas Moura during the January window amid interest from Manchester United.

However, and possibly crucially, PSG are not willing to loan the Brazilian winger as they attempt to generate income following last summer’s spending which included the world-record transfer of Neymar from Barcelona.

Lucas has been identified as a player who can leave and there is understood to be strong interest from United although, as yet, no offer has been made. The 25-year-old came close to joining United in 2012, when the right-sided forward was wanted by Sir Alex Ferguson, before moving to PSG from Sao Paulo.

An alternative target for United, with manager Jose Mourinho pushing hard for a winger to be recruited this month is another Brazilian, Bordeaux’s 20-year-old winger Malcom, who can play on either the left or right.

With PSG having a re-shaped front-line this season of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani then Lucas has seen his opportunities severely limited this season and has made just a handful of substitute appearances.

United have also been among a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea interested in another winger, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, but will be told by the French champions that he is not for sale this month. It remains to be seen whether Monaco are made an offer they cannot refuse.

PSG, meanwhile, have Uefa Financial Fair Play rules to comply with by June 30 this year, following their significant outplay, and with Mbappe joining permanently at the end of this season, and are concentrating on sales rather than signings during this month.

They came close to selling Angel Di Maria to Barcelona at the end of the last window and he, too, is understood to be available for a permanent transfer while it is also possible that they will listen to offers for another Argentinean international, Javier Pastore.

There is understood to be no chance that PSG will sell Julian Draxler who has been a target, in the past, for Liverpool and Arsenal.

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