Man Utd transfer focus - Lucas Moura on Old Trafford radar
As Manchester United prepare to embark on their pre-season tour, rumours are rife as to who the additional one or two players that Sir Alex Ferguson desires might be. The Manchester Evening News are reporting that Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura is the prime target for the Old Trafford club.
The Sao Paulo attacking midfielder possesses great speed and flair, an injection of which many United fans have been craving since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. Lucas has the ability to play in any advanced position across midfield, and enjoys the freedom to roam and create space. This would enable him to play in the same side as new recruit Shinji Kagawa, who has been tipped to occupy a mainly central role for the deposed Premier League champions.
Sao Paulo are claimed by the Daily Mail to have rejected an offer in the region of £25 million for the 19-year-old, but could be digging their heels in for a higher transfer fee for their prized asset. United's chief scout Jim Lawlor, who was instrumental in bringing Javier Hernandez to Old Trafford, had flown out to Brazil in an indication of the strength of United's interest in the exciting forward. The fee could be driven up due to the demand for Lucas, with the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea rumoured to be interested.
The Daily Mail also reported over the weekend that United are set to offer £10 million for Everton defender Leighton Baines. The Merseyside club are apparently holding out for something closer to £15 million, with a deal potentially to be struck once United's chief executive David Gill returns from a holiday in America.
The acquisition of a left-back could be seen as an issue of importance at Old Trafford, considering the dip in form of Patrice Evra over the past couple of seasons, combined with Fabio da Silva's loan move to Queens Park Rangers and Ezekiel Fryers' expected move to Tottenham. The Fryers situation has come as something as a surprise at United, as the promising youngster could have seen his opportunities increase with the decline of 31-year-old Evra and the lack of cover in the position. It seems that Ferguson could turn to Baines to solve his problem, who possesses the attacking capabilities that are required in addition to the defensive awareness to be a success for the Manchester club.
United's supporters would be fairly satisfied moving into the new season if Lucas and Baines turn out to be the players on the manager's mind when he mused the possibility of one or two more signings.
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