Speaking on the transfer last night, which reportedly cost PSG a total of €100m, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that he was amazed at the money involved in the deal to take the Olympian to Paris.
But Wagner Ribeiro has told UOL that had it not been for the intervention of Leonardo moura would have become a Manchester United player:
“Everything was agreed between São Paulo and Manchester United.
“The contract had been written and just needed to be signed. But then Leonardo [PSG Sporting Director] called me and asked to talk to Lucas.
“They talked. Leonardo was helped by the fact he is Brazilian. He was very gentle with Lucas.
“The possibility of living in Paris – a much more pleasant city than Manchester – also influenced his decision. But it was PSG’s project that impressed Lucas.”