Manchester United may turn to Paris Saint-Germain forward Lucas Moura as they look to increase their attacking options in January.
With the Red Devils failing to land Inter’s Ivan Perisic in the summer, combined with the underwhelming form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Telegraph have reported that Jose Mourinho may make an offer for the out-of-favour Brazilian in the current transfer window.
The report suggests that while PSG would ideally like to keep Lucas at the Parc des Princes, they are mindful of the face that they have to balance the books following the world-record €222m capture of Neymar from Barcelona last summer, as well as the €160m they have committed to signing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on a permanent basis in summer 2018.
Lucas as seen as arguably the most expendable forward in the team, having made just five appearances for the Ligue 1 side (72 minutes in total) so far this season.
As such, while the 25-year-old would likely attract loan interest from clubs in Spain, PSG would much prefer to do a deal on a permanent basis – which is where Man United could step in to finally sign a player that nearly moved to Old Trafford ahead of what turned out to be Alex Ferguson’s last season in 2012.
Having failed to land his fourth target in the summer, Mourinho has been dropping not-too-dubtle hints recently that he would like to be given funds in January as his side look consolidate a place in next season’s Champions League, as well as competing to win this season’s competition.