Lucas Moura says he snubbed the opportunity to join Manchester United on loan before moving to Tottenham in January 2018.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Brazilian flier says the Red Devils wanted him – but bizarrely only offered him a loan deal.
He said: “There was a conversation with United as well but it was for a loan and I didn’t want a loan. I thought that if I left PSG, I didn’t want to go back.
“When I knew that Tottenham were interested in me, and I came here and I saw the training ground and I met the coach, I spoke to him and I said I want to come here to be a Tottenham player.”
It’s usually United known for throwing their money around while Tottenham refuse to pay out. But the BBC report that Daniel Levy found £23 million for a player that Ed Woodward only – for whatever reason – only made a loan offer to.
The £80,000 a week (Spotrac) midfielder has more than repaid that transfer fee with his Champions League semi-final hat-trick against Ajax alone and now stands on the verge of lifting the trophy tomorrow in Madrid.
Meanwhile, United won’t even be at Europe’s top table next season, so Lucas clearly made the right call.