Tottenham Hotspur’s in-form attacker Lucas Moura has told ESPN Brasil that he almost joined Manchester United, before opting to chance his arm with Paris Saint-Germain in France.
Back in 2012, a 20-year-old Moura was starring for Sao Paulo in Brazil and was under the watchful eye of many European sides. He had scored 22 goals and created 19 more in 86 appearances for his boyhood club.
The Independent claims Manchester United were keen but it was PSG that won the race for the Brazil international, paying a huge £37.5million to win that race. He went on to play 229 times for PSG, winning the league five times.
More than five years later, Moura joined Spurs for £23million (BBC). Having scored three goals in his last five Premier League games, Moura was asked about his near switch to United under Sir Alex Ferguson. He claims it was close.
“Yes, there was a conversation. I was very close to closing with Manchester United,” Moura admits. “It was still at the time of Ferguson. I ended up choosing PSG, I spent five fantastic years there, I won a lot, learned a lot. I do not regret it.
“Despite the hard times, the bad times, I don’t regret it because I grew a lot, I learned a lot. Now I’m here in the Premier League, and it’s a new hope.”
TBR’s view – Could United do with Tottenham star Moura right now?
He would be an excellent signing. Given Marcus Rashford is being used up front and Anthony Martial is struggling with injury, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs additions in attack to help the faltering Jesse Lingard and impressive Dan James.
It is a young attack. There is little experience in the final third and at times this season that has hindered United. Bringing in a player that has won things, such as Moura, with almost 400 appearances at club level in his career, would be great for United.