Tottenham star Lucas Moura was a Manchester United transfer target back in 2012.
Tottenham star Lucas Moura has admitted he was close to joining Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson was manager. The Brazil international was heavily tipped to join in 2012 but ended up going to PSG instead.
Tottenham star Lucas was at Sao Paulo in 2012 when Manchester United emerged as strong suitors for him.
The Red Devils had already had a fruitful summer, landing the likes of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
But Ferguson felt Lucas would have added a new, exciting dimension to his attack despite having Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani on the books.
Moura has now opened up to ESPN Brasil about his failed move to Old Trafford.
And he insists he has no regrets about choosing to join PSG that summer instead.
“Yes, there was a conversation,” the Brazil international said.
“I was very close to closing with Manchester United. It was still at the time of Ferguson.
“I ended up choosing PSG, I spent five fantastic years there, I won a lot, learned a lot. I do not regret it.
“Despite the hard times, the bad times, I don’t regret it because I grew a lot, I learned a lot.
“Now I’m here in the Premier League, and it’s a new hope.”
Lucas was also asked about Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho actually wanted to sign the Tottenham star when he was at United back in January 2018.
He ended up getting Alexis Sanchez instead, with the Chile international finding the net just five times before his summer loan move to Inter Milan.
Before that, he’d looked at signing the Samba star while he was in charge of Real Madrid.
And Lucas has expressed his satisfaction with life under Mourinho so far.
“He arrived, was more relaxed, he spoke of the time of Sao Paulo, which he talked to my parents when he was at Real Madrid,” he added.
“It was more relaxed. He always asks how I am.
“It’s very cool, I always have this openness with him to talk. Even because of the language, it makes it a lot easier.”