Manchester United have suffered a serious setback in their alleged pursuit of Lucas Moura after it was confirmed the Brazilian midfielder has penned a two-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain.
The 22-year-old's existing deal at Parc des Princes was due to expire in the summer of 2017, but he's been rewarded for his fine form with a bumper pay-rise that will now see the player pocket around £80,000-a-week.
According to talkSPORT, Moura was previously earning around £50,000-a-week, which is significantly less than some of PSG's highest earners, and Laurent Blanc felt it necessary to bring the player closer to other members of his first-team squad, particularly in light of recent speculation linking him with a potential exit.
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The Brazil international has attracted admiring glances from the Red Devils, who are understood to be long-term admirers of the South American talent, and reportedly keen on recruiting him when the transfer window reopens.
However, in a bid to ward off interest from Old Trafford, Moura was offered a £30,000-a-week incentive - which adds up to around £6.24 million over the next four years - to reject overtures from the Premier League giants and commit his long-term future to the Ligue 1 champions.
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Now Louis van Gaal will be forced to consider alternative central midfield options this close season as he attempts to strengthen the Manchester United squad so they're ready to mount a domestic title and Champions League challenge next term.
After joining PSG in January 2013 Moura has gone on to make 114 senior appearances for the club and has already helped them ascertain eight different trophies. It's clear he's seen as a very important part of their future, and will continue to play an integral role in the side.
"I am very happy! For me, playing here is a source of great pride," he was quoted saying by the club's official website after the deal was announced. "I hope to continue helping my team win more and more trophies.
"My dream is to become a part of the Club's history. I hope that we keep on winning and that, next season, we win the Champions League. That's a main aim now.
"This season has been magnificent, incredible. It's the first time a team has done the quadruple in France. We have achieved something extraordinary, and I will never forget it. I am very proud to play for Paris Saint-Germain."
Manchester United fans: Now that the chance to sign Lucas Moura has gone, who would you like to see arrive at Old Trafford this summer? Leave a suggestion in the comment box below…
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