Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Inter Milan and Manchester United in the race to sign Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo for a reported fee of €45 million.
The Brazilian teenager will move to the Parc des Princes in January because PSG currently has filled all their non-EU positions.
It had seen that Manchester United was going to land the talented Brazilian, but PSG have the deepest pockets in football, and they can outspend anyone.
A statement on PSG web site confirmed the deal reading:
“Paris Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo FC have reached today an agreement for the definitive transfer of Lucas Rodriguez Moura Da Silva.
“The player and Paris Saint-Germain have also signed an agreement from January 2013 to July 2017. The player will join Paris Saint-Germain and his new team-mates in January 2013 for the second half of the season 2012/2013.
“By signing a young talent of the quality of Lucas Rodriguez Moura Da Silva, Paris Saint-Germain is already preparing the future.”
Lucas becomes Carlo Ancelotti’s fourth major signing this summer, following the arrivals of Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi as PSG continues to thumb its nose at Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.
It is another staggering signing by PSG, who hare operating in another financial space than any other club in the world at the moment. There are some reports that Lucas will earn wages of €250000 per week, which when added to the transfer fee and €9 million in agent fees beings the total cost of the transfer to €100 million.
That is a staggering amount of money for a player who is reserve on the Brazil Olympic team. Yes he has talent, but for €100 million I want something close to Neymar, a finished product.