Lucas Moura’s move to Paris Saint-Germain did not stop the rumours of a potential transfer to Manchester United.
The Brazilian was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge, only to instead opt for the French capital after PSG’s then-director of football Leonardo stepped in.
“Manchester United wanted me but I talked a lot with Leonardo and he convinced me,” the winger told Telefoot TF1 last year.
In the intervening months, Lucas lost his place in the national side and saw his minutes with the Ligue 1 champions lessen, and even now he has to make do with a combination of starts and late cameos from the bench.
When Leonardo stepped down from his role at PSG following a season-long ban from official functions after a clash with a referee, one wondered how that would impact a player who chose the club as a direct result of his countryman’s influence.
And now Le Parisien reports that Leonardo will not be returning to his former role at any point in the future.
The newspaper claims Leonardo could take up a similar role at Inter Milan, while a job in the Premier League is also a possibility. But a return to Paris? Not if the latest report is to be believed.
“Even if he maintains regular relations with (PSG president) Nasser Al-Khelaifi,” the paper states, “a return to the capital is not valid.”
Given that Lucas’s agent has previously stated that he and his client would review their situation at the end of the current campaign, the fact that Leonardo is unlikely to return could give the 21-year-old another reason to leave for pastures new.
Having moved to PSG for a reported fee of €40million, he will not come cheap. But he could be exactly the type of player David Moyes needs to ensure his version of United proves to be every bit as effective as those of Sir Alex Ferguson.
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