£30m PSG and Brazil star 'wanted again' at Manchester United, but is it mutual?

Lucas Moura

David Moyes has apparently revived United interest in Lucas Moura, who is yet to prove himself fully at the Parc des Princes.

Manchester United are plotting a £30m bid to land Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian star Lucas Moura, according to the Daily Star.

The 21-year-old was initially a target for Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2012 but PSG secured his signing in January 2013.

Ferguson was shocked when PSG forked out £37m to land him last year, saying: ““I find it quite amazing that a club can pay 45m Euros for a 19-year-old boy. When somebody’s paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy you have to say the game’s gone mad.”

But his successor David Moyes is keen to bring the winger to Old Trafford now, and capitalise on the fact that Moura has failed to make a huge impact in the French capital.

United are willing to match his £120,000 a week and Moyes can guarantee the 31-cap international regular first-team football.

Lucas has struggled to nail down his first-team position at the Parc des Princes, where competition is tough with the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore, Jeremy Menez and Edinson Cavani often being chosen to flank Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of him.

This means he has only completed 90 minutes in four of his 18 league appearances this season, with half of those coming as a substitute.

In Manchester, Lucas would be a shoo-in for a place on either flank as the likes of Nani, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha and Shinji Kagawa have all failed to impress in the wide positions under Moyes.

Youngster Adnan Januzaj has had a stunning impact and Antonio Valencia’s form has been better recently but Moura would surely be able to establish himself at Old Trafford, especially as he can play as a central attacking midfielder as well.

Moyes travelled to Paris to watch Moura, plus Argentine midfielder Pastore, in action against Bordeaux earlier this week.

Moura has only found the net three times for PSG so far but at Old Trafford his main priority would be to provide Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie with the ammunition to fire the club into the top four this season, and he has five assists in Ligue 1 this season despite his limited playing time.

United have failed to land any of their big name targets during Moyes’ regime so far, so to acquire a Brazil international who wants to be a big part of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cups squad this summer would be a huge coup for the Scotsman.

And that's the telling factor. Moura was left out of Brazil's friendly fixtures at the end of last year, with Chelsea's Willian preferred in his place. With his season at PSG lukewarm, a transfer to re-ignite Manchester United's season could allow him a chance to take his form up a notch - and secure a World Cup spot in the process.

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