Lucas Moura has found regular football hard to come by since the arrival of Angel Di Maria this summer. With Premier League sides Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal all reportedly interested according to the Daily Mirror, there is every chance the Brazilian may opt to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the near future.
If every player were fit for PSG, Lucas Moura would not get into the starting XI, as evidenced by his sporadic use in major matches this season. Twice he was used from the bench against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Blanc has very much been in favour of the 4-3-3 formation with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the central role with Edinson Cavani and Di Maria supporting from out wide. As a result, Lucas has been shoved to the bench.
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The winger seems determined to fight for his place as per his comments in a recent interview with RMC, quoted on Le10Sport.
"It is a bit difficult to stay on the bench. After the arrival of Di Maria, I lost a bit of playing time. But it is normal. There is always competition with great players," he said.
"It would not be correct for me to be happy on the bench. But this is life. Things will come back. I will try to win back my place. I will do everything to get it back and to play."
Lucas has only completed 90 minutes on two occasions, and has featured frequently as a substitute. As a result of his lack of playing time, he was dropped from the most recent Brazil squad, which may become a regularity if he is left out of the PSG side much longer.
Trying to impress
Lucas has tried his best to make the most of the few minutes he has. In his first Champions League start of the season on Tuesday he scored and assisted Ibrahimovic to ensure a 2-0 win for his side.
The goal marked his fifth of the season, four of which have come in the past ten matches. His manager Laurent Blanc has urged the player to step his game up if the wants more first team opportunities.
"All the players want to play - that's normal and logical," Blanc was quoted in ESPN.
"We all want to play but when you're on the pitch, I can tell you, you have to be good. It happens that you can mess up a match - we know that too."
In some ways, Blanc is not wrong. Moura is clearly a talented player but often very inconsistent. As a more seasoned player, Di Maria brings such quality on a regular basis, but at 23-years-old, there is still plenty to come from the benched winger.
Regardless of Blanc’s comments, he is well aware of the Brazilian’s qualities and would love to have him as part of the Champions League-worthy squad he is trying to build.
But there is only so long that the Brazilian can play second fiddle before he may request a move, and should the winger wish to leave he will have no shortage of suitors.
Manchester United’s interest in the player stretches as far back as his days as a hyped starlet in Brazil with Sao Paulo.
At the time, PSG used their newly-acquired financial muscle to blow everyone out the water with a €45 million offer. Should the Brazilian once again be on the market, they may be able to secure a cut-price deal.
Meanwhile the Daily Express believes that Moura may be Jurgen Klopp’s first January signing as the German searches for natural width, while Arsenal are also reportedly in the frame.
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