Lucas Moura may have long-since snubbed Manchester United, but the stories linking the two continue. And here I am writing yet another one!
The latest headlines have been generated in the PSG winger’s homeland, where his former club Sao Paulo’s vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes has been talking about the prospect of the player returning.
Up until last weekend, Lucas’s future in Paris was the subject of great speculation, with his lack of playing-time leading to his omission from the Brazilian national team for their upcoming friendlies.
He would later start for the French champions against Lorient, and score the first goal in a 4-0 victory. When he started again in the Champions League against Anderlecht, it appeared he had finally sealed a regular starting-birth.
Revealing that he had spoken to the player’s agent about the possibility of a homecoming in the build-up to the World Cup, Lopes said Lucas’s family is now settled in Europe and the player’s wage will be too large for a return to Brazil to be feasible.
“If he wants to be released it will have to be to another club in Europe,” he added.
Lucas himself has already acknowledged the difficulty of holding down a starting place in the PSG team. But he also said, “When I step onto the pitch I feel good, and I don’t think that this situation will prevent me from playing in the World Cup.”
But if he does slip out of the first-team reckoning once more, or there is a real risk of losing his place in the national team for the long haul, he will have a decision to make – either in January or next summer.
And with a return to Brazil rendered unlikely, United may finally get the man they thought they had prior to his late and pricey switch to the French capital.
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