Lucas Moura claims he almost joined United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with team mate Harry Kane after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on August 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Lucas Moura has revealed he was close to wrapping up a move to Manchester United before a late move to Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint-Germain.

Moura caught the interest of top European teams back in his native Brazil (Sao Paulo), where he made headlines with his goal in their 2012 Copa Sudamericana Final success over Tigre.

Oil-rich PSG finally snapped up the young Brazilian despite interests from Manchester United and Inter Milan. And he went on to lift four Ligue 1 titles and seven domestic cups.

In a recent interview with FourFourTwo, Moura opened up on how close he came to joining the Red Devils:  “Representatives of Inter were in talks with Sao Paulo, but Manchester United were the ones I came very close to joining.

“Everything was agreed, but then there was a last-minute call from Leonardo [PSG’s director of football at the time], who told me about this ambitious new project.

“PSG were buying top-quality players and there were a few other Brazilians involved, too.

“So I chose PSG, mainly because I thought the adaptation would be easier alongside many of my compatriots.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, but I spent five great years in Paris and developed as a player and a human being. I will always be grateful to PSG.”

Another opportunity to join the Red Devils again presented itself in January 2018, but this time Spurs sealed a £25 million deal for the pacy winger after racking up 200 appearances in PSG.

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“As far as I know United wanted a loan deal,” continues Lucas. “Then Spurs offered a permanent contract, which was key because I wanted my future to be clear.

“Signing for Tottenham was a great gift for me, a wonderful moment of my career. As soon as I heard about their interest, I was really anxious to join the club.”

Moura will be aiming to help Spurs secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they face Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.