In the latest twist to the Lucas Moura transfer saga which appears to have come out of nowhere this January, the winger’s former club Sao Paulo have reportedly failed in their attempts to sign the Paris player.
What started as a genuinely interesting story at the beginning of the week is beginning to lose credibility as the days go on – the IB times say that reports emanating from Brazil indicate that Lucas is not on his way to United at all. With a deal which is relatively uncomplicated, one wonders why there is such continued smoke without any fire, and this seems to back up the theory suggested by Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, who said as he understood it United had no interest in pursuing the player.
It would certainly seem that the reports are stemming from one or two sources – either Paris, who are desperate to try and recoup some money to avoid sanctions from FFP, hence the constant reference to a ‘stumbling block’ being their determination to sell the player rather than loan him out, or the player himself, whose chances of making the Brazil World Cup squad seem pretty remote considering he hasn’t played much this season. The IB Times say that Sao Paulo’s interest collapsed when they were informed of Paris’ intentions to get a relatively big fee for Lucas.
It makes sense therefore to link him to United as that may drag interest from other clubs out of the woodwork. We’re not completely ruling out the signing at this stage but it looks less, and not more, likely as the days go on.