Lucas Moura was once one of the most heralded prospects to come out of Brazil. But he is now a player who is just looking somewhere to play next year.
The Brazilian winger was once the subject of a transfer war between Manchester United and PSG, and ended joining the Ligue 1 giants. But even though his first few years on France were good, Lucas is now a forgotten men on Unai Emery’s side. He wants to leave, and there are quite a few options available for the 25-year-old.
One of the strongest alternatives was a loan move to Valencia. PSG are thrilled with the way the Goncalo Guedes move has worked out, and they would be open to send Lucas to Valencia so he can get an increase on his playing time. Lucas wouldn’t be opposed to the move, as he wants to play in order to have a chance of making the Brazil squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
However, in latest hours it has been almost confirmed that Lucas will move to the Chinese Super League. Beijing Gouan are set to sign the former Sao Paulo star, and the official announcement would be made during the coming days. There is no clarity on how much the Chinese would spend, but the transfer would not be a loan so Gouan would end up owning the player.
A departure of Lucas certainly makes sense for PSG as well. The arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have restricted the former Sao Paulo winger to just 72 minutes of Ligue 1 football this term, and sending him elsewhere could also help the club comply with the Financial Fair Play rules.