SAF pretty much confirmed today that United and Sao Paulo had agreed to a £26m transfer fee for the Brazilian starlet.
Ferguson, speaking in Shanghai on United’s pre-season tour today said:
“We haven’t reached an agreement for the player.
“We have shown interest but until such time as we can get an agreement, then we can’t say he’s our player.”
United would not be discussing personal terms for the player without first agreeing on a transfer fee.
Lucas is United’s biggest signing in years, but what sort of player is he? According to Mirror Football talent scout Jerrad Peters, Lucas is a a modern-day Jairzinho with the creative brilliance of Ronaldo.
Peters went on to say:
Should United land Lucas Moura they’ll be getting an all-around attacker who can play across the forward line.
Stocky and powerful with a low centre of gravity, this is a player who can intimidate opposing defenders with his speed and dribbling ability.
And while he has been criticised in the past for being selfish in possession and refusing to use his teammates, he is able to create those moments of individual magic Manchester United have sorely lacked since the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
A hybrid forward of the kind Brazil are churning out with regularity these days, Lucas can operate in any of the ‘three’ positions of a 4-2-3-1 formation or in the right attacking slot of a 4-3-3.
He has been favourably compared with Porto’s Hulk and AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato, but a more accurate likeness would be former Botafogo winger and Brazil international Jairzinho.
Similar to the 1970 World Cup winner in body type and playing style, Lucas also wears Jairzinho’s number seven shirt for the national team.
What do you think of Lucas? Is he the player United needed?