Manchester United offered chance to land Lucas Moura

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Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City may be handed the surprise opportunity to land £45million Brazil international Lucas Moura - his club have run out of patience.

Since signing him for close to the above fee in 2013, Paris Saint-Germain have not been able to coax what they believe to be his consistent best and have now decided to cut their losses by offering him around to other top clubs in Europe, according to the Daily Express.

The report claims that talk coming out of Spain suggests PSG are ready to listen to offers for the 22-year-old winger and that the Premier League quartet of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are all interested.

It goes on to say that Louis van Gaal et al would be prepared to take the former Sao Paulo star off this Ligue 1 champions' hands, but only for the right price. It is highly unlikely PSG are going to get anything close to what they paid for him, so they should be prepared to make a heavy loss on the winger.

Barcelona were the first club offered the speedy winger, but the transfer embargo they are under for breaching FIFA rules with regards to signing youth players means that is a no go. PSG have financial issues of their own after being sanctioned by UEFA for breaching FFP rules.

One of those punishments was a transfer spend limit and the same could happen this season, so any significant signings arriving at Parc des Princes will likely mean sales first.

Manchester United have already shown a willingness to spend big in the transfer market with the signings of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera, but reports last week suggested Old Trafford officials were not ready to stop there.

Moura was a target for United when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, with the Scot publicly admitting his interest, but he was eventually swayed by the big-spending, Qatar-backed Paris club. Now there is less scope of where he would fit in under Louis van Gaal, but he is a terrific player on his day.

Where Could He End Up?

His days have been too few and far between in Paris, however, which is likely to mean the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool will feel there are not enough guarantees behind a transfer that would still be expensive, if not as pricey as his first move.

Arsene Wenger has a host of attacking options in his squad at the moment, but he would probably have to offload one or two before adding any more and Moura's problem of not enough football would continue once Theo Walcott and Mesu Özil return to fitness.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have an almost identical player in Jesus Navas and playing two pacey out and out wingers, one on each side of the midfield, is not too fashionable at the moment. It is hard to get balance and account for packed midfields.

Liverpool need more inspiration going forward and Manchester United have very few genuine wide options, so Old Trafford or Anfield are probably most suited to splash the cash on Moura.

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