Luka Modric looks to be prepared to be playing in all white again next season but instead of turning out on a Thursday night for the Europa League with Tottenham he will more likely be walking on to the turf of the Bernabeu to the disappointment of Sir Alex.
According to the Daily Mail Fergie has turned his attention to a more attacking midfielder from Brazil called Lucas Moura. Apparently United’s entourage have meet with Moura’s father before but the 19 year old is in no rush to leave Sao Paulo. Something Roman Abramovich found out recently after having a £32.4 million bid rejected for him. With this in mind Fergie would have to use his best manipulation and charm to convince this nifty footed Brazilian into red.
Outside of Europe this man is almost totally unheard of so I’ll give you a few basic details: He is young, fast, very quick footed, a great shoot and loves to come in from the wing to terrorise defenders.
Capped at under-20 level only for Brazil he may need time to mature and at the moment the noises coming from his agent are that he will be playing in his home country until at least the next World Cup. For once his agent might be right as too many young talents are plucked out of South America too soon by European clubs and don’t adapt to the physical side of our game quick enough. Man United fans may remember Kleberson in that regard.
Any question about whether his ability is good enough to fit the mould of the Red Devils are pointless. I have just watched a few videos on Youtube and although he may be a little rough round the edges he controls the ball as if it’s an extension of his body and can lull defenders into a false sense of security better than a loan shark. He has the creative spark that United so desperately needed last season and it’s good to see Fergie snooping in the right places for a new midfielder.
Considering the amount of money already offered for him by Chelsea that was rejected I think it would be hard for United to get this prodigious talent. Plus if Chelsea resurrected an interest or City began sniffing around they would be unable to match their financial muscle. Whether or not now is a good time to buy him is unsure but if anyone has a great track record at judging players it is Sir Alex Ferguson.
At only 19 it is likely a loan deal would be involved to sweeten the deal and get Moura some much needed playing time that would be hard to find at Old Trafford but the youngster has the potential to be something wonderful.
Personally I doubt he will be on the move this summer due to his age and the fact he is having so much fun at Sao Paulo right now but he is certainly one for the future.
We have seen a few false dawns from Brazil in recent years with Robinho turning out to be a spoilt brat that gets put off by rain, although Pato has the talent he breaks like a China Doll and we are still yet to see if Neymar can do it against defenders willing to kick him rather than the ball.
Lucas Moura could be a sensational player in a few years time but to get there the European elite must learn from previous mistakes ie don’t over indulge him, don’t force him to blossom and make sure he is happy. We may have to wait till after the next World Cup but he may well be worth it.
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