MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Lucas of Brazil holds off Aaron Ramsey and Jack Cork of GB during the international friendly match between Team GB and Brazil at Riverside Stadium on July 20, 2012 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
PSG have snatched 19-year-old Brazilian Lucas Moura from under the collective noses of Manchester United, with the Sao Paulo winger set to move to France in Janaury.
Paris Saint-Germain aren't quite done with their spending spree, as it turns out. The Ligue 1 club have stuck again, pipping Manchester United to the signing of Sao Paulo winger Lucas Moura, although they had to spend a lot of money to do so -- the reported figure is well over €40M, on the order of what PSG paid for Lucas Moura's Brazilian teammate Thiago Silva.
Lucas Moura will remain in Brazil until the end of the year before moving to France in January, and he's signed a five-year contract which will keep him at the Parc des Princes through the 2016/17 season. It's an interesting buy from PSG, who are merrily farting in the general direction of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations. They've already added Ezequiel Lavezzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to their staple, and Lucas Moura is a hugely exciting young talent.
However, he also appears to be a flawed one. There's a certain lack of football intellect on display with his charges into blind alleys, and although he possesses the skills to extricate himself on most occasions, it's difficult to see the 19-year-old become a future star. That doesn't mean he's not a useful player, but PSG aren't paying €43M to buy a Brazilian version of Theo Walcott.