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PSG sign Lucas Moura, leave Manchester United reeling
In one of the most protracted sagas of the summer, the transfer of Lucas Moura met a surprisingly swift conclusion with the young Brazilian choosing Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the Premier League giants, Manchester United.
The 19-year-old wonderkid will remain with his club until January but has penned four-and-a-half-year deal with Carlo Ancelotti’s Paris St. Germain. As a highly-rated playmaker, Lucas Moura, had been a target of Manchester United, but the two clubs failed to agree on a fee so PSG acted swiftly.
It’s a rather large blow to the Manchester United ego. But, as Sir Alex Ferguson put it: “I find it quite amazing that a club can pay €45million for a 19-year-old boy”. Earlier in the summer, Chelsea secured the signing of Eden Hazard after strong interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.
In an official club statement, PSG said: “In signing a young player of the quality of Lucas Rodriguez Moura Da Silva, Paris St Germain are also building for the future.”
As their fourth big signing Lucas Moura joins compatriot Thiago Silva – his team-mate in the Brazil Olympic team – and Swedish behemoth Zlatan Ibrahimovic, from AC Milan.
Earlier in the summer, PSG completed the signing of Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. As Lavezzi put it: ”PSG is a club of the future”. This may well be true, but they’re determined to make a statement this season. The future is now.