David Luiz failed to convince Lucas Moura to join Chelsea

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Lucas Moura has revealed that David Luiz tried to convince him to sign for Chelsea in 2012 before ultimately deciding to join Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian playmaker will line up against his compatriot Luiz on Wednesday evening in a crucial Champions League quarter-final tie.

However, if Luiz had been more persuasive, Moura could well be putting on the blue shirt of Chelsea instead.

In the summer of 2012, a monumental scramble was afoot as several of Europe's biggest clubs tried to sign Moura from Brazilian club Sao Paulo. Chelsea submitted a £32.5m offer for the then-19-year-old, but PSG gazumped them with a £35m offer several days later.

With both bids accepted, Chelsea defender Luiz was given the task of convincing the young playmaker to move to Stamford Bridge but once PSG came calling, there was only going to be one destination for Moura.

Moura told the Guardian: "David was very enthusiastic about Chelsea and if you follow anything of football these days you have to know they are a force to be reckoned with.

"But PSG had a project that looked quite interesting because they wanted to do something similar to what happened at Chelsea.

"And they also have a lot of Brazilians there."

Moura had initially struggled to establish himself at the Parc des Princes but has begun to flourish under Laurent Blanc. The 21-year-old will line up against compatriots Luiz and Oscar knowing Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will be watching on keenly as a number of Brazilian internationals take the field.

Moura was also reportedly targeted by Manchester United before deciding to move to the French capital.

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