The bidding frenzy for San Paulo starlet Lucas Moura has taken another crazy turn. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed that Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for the midfielder, a fee he believes is “completely illogical”.
The Inter President has came to his senses and pulled his club out of the Lucas sweepstakes telling Sky Sport Italia:
“We would never have gone up to that sum,” Moratti said. “In any case, there are no regrets that we didn’t finish off the move, as the cost was already pretty high a few days ago.
“The €45 million that PSG offered is completely illogical and for us it would have been very out of key with our approach.
“PSG are starting a new era, so they are completely reconstructing the squad. At least I can relish the fact I’m saving money.”
It was reported on Sunday that Lucas was heading to Old Trafford for a medical to complete the transfer, but it appears that somewhere between Newcastle (where Brazil were staying for the Olympics) and Manchester that Lucas took a detour to Paris.
Lucas might turn into the next great Brazilian superstar, but at the moment he is an unproven player who cannot get into the Brazil Olympic team starting line-up. Clubs spend forty-five million euros for proven world class players, not project. Lucas is not Neymar, he is not even Oscar, and I think that €45m is just crazy money for him.
But when you are PSG, and you have the petro-dollars that they have, you can afford to take a gamble on an unproven talent that other clubs cannot.
Would you spend €45m on Lucas?
Here is Lucas in action recently for Brazil v Team GB: