On Monday, The Sun understood an interest from United for 19-year old Lucas Moura.
The newspaper reported that the Brazillian youngster was 'open to exit', after the player revealed there was a possibility that he could leave his current club. United would be ready to offer a £30M bid for the talent. But the Devils will have competition in the race for Lucas. Spanish giants Real Madrid are also pondering a move for him, and Inter Milan has been linked with the player, as well.
Lucas is wanted by many European giants, including Manchester United.
Reports say the Manchester club sent a delegation to Brazil to persuade the player into signing at Old Trafford. Moura will participate in the Olympics with his national team, and Sir Alex is looking forward to signing the young promise before the tournament commences. Moura's father and agent had some words to say about Inter Milan, who papers claimed to be interested in the player.
"How can you pay £20 million for a player of Lucas's quality?" said Jesus Lopez, "There is no (formal) offer and, even if it were to appear, this amount is ridiculous. Italian football is broke. The club [Inter Milan] are broke. It seems they are creating this to satisfy the fans."
Meanwhile, Moura gave a hint to the connected teams: “I cannot guarantee that I will stay until the end of my contract [with Sao Paulo]."
Players of the likes of Lucas are hard to find - Unbelievably skillful, with great technique and ability on the ball, but strong, too. Sao Paulo's no. 7 has scored in 14 occasions, and has also contributed 9 assists in his 58 goals in the Brazillian League. At 19 years of age, he has already participated in 15 international games with the senior team, but only scored once. Contrary to popular belief, Lucas' natural position is as a right attacking midfielder, not as a winger. Although it is true that most, if not all, of his attacks start from the flank, he shines the most behind a striker, but is forced to play next to the sideline because of Sao Paulo's 4-4-2 formation.
However, supporters speculate that with Kagawa's incorporation, United is forced to change from their current formation, 4-4-2, to a 4-2-1-3 in order to grant Shinji his favorite position, as an attacking midfielder in the hole. The only possible way that both the Brazillian and the Japanese could play together is if Sir Alex decided to play a 4-3-2-1 with two attacking midfielders but no wingers, which is something that won't happen under Fergie.
Moura plays as an attacking midfielder, but as previously mentioned, he is used, and can, play as a winger. If he were to sign, another alternative would be to keep the likable 4-2-3-1 formation and see how he does on the sides with United.One thing is certain, and that is that Ferguson will NOT move Valencia from the right, nor will he get rid of the attacks on the sides. Luckily for Lucas, he is very talented on both legs. That's why my idea would be to keep Valencia on the right flank, keep Kagawa in the middle, and place the youngster on the left side.
When Robben, who is a lefty, played for Madrid, he was used on the left side of the pitch, but he couldn't fully develop in that position. However, when he signed for Munich, coach Van Gaal decided to try the Dutch on the opposite side, and instead make him cut into the middle and take a powerful shot, a play which has now become Arjen's signature move, if you will. The reason I mentioned this is because I think Ferguson could use the 15-capped International in this manner.
Like I said, Moura is more than capable of using both feet. SAF has always enjoyed having the wingers spread out - Ronaldo, Valencia or Nani are examples of recent years. The 19-year old could use his extraordinary skills to fool defenders and penetrate the defence, but he could also be a threat when cutting into the middle and taking his powerful shots.
It would be unfortunate to miss on such wonderfully gifted player and have another team take him. Of course, his signing could go both ways, as you cannot compare Brazillian defenders to the rough defenders in the Premier League.