€45m 'game's gone mad' Manchester United target reveals career plan

Manchester United once pushed PSG all the way for the signature of Lucas Moura.

In the summer of 2012 Manchester United were heavily linked with Sao Paulo wonderkid Lucas Moura - in fact it was public knowledge that United were after him.

The then 19-year-old however had more than just one suitor for his services - and the biggest rivals had plenty of capital to rival that of United’s.

In the end Manchester United failed to bring him in - with French financial powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain splashing out a whopping €45 million to get their man.

It was a deal that simply perplexed, frustrated and bemused United boss at the time Sir Alex Ferguson - who stated:

"I find it quite amazing that a club can pay €45 million for a 19-year-old boy. To make a mark on everyone - to tell everyone that PSG are here - they've signed Thiago Silva from Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They must have spent about €150 million in the last month. As you know, the only deterrent to that is UEFA. When somebody's paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy you have to say the game's gone mad."

However his time at PSG has been mixed. He has failed to establish himself as a regular in the PSG starting line-up, with plenty of competition for places it is no surprise why.

With that in mind he has been linked with moves away on several occasions over the past weeks and months, including a move back to his former club Sao Paulo.

But he insisted over the weekend that this was not his goal.

He told French press that he had no desire to leave PSG just yet, but that his end goal in his career was indeed to finish up at his beloved Sao Paulo:

"This was not the truth. I do not want to leave now. I want to make my history here, winning many titles [with PSG] and then go back to Sao Paulo."

It looks like the boat may have floated on this long-term Manchester United target.

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