Yesterday it was confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain had reached an agreement with Brazilian giants Sao Paulo for the acquisition of Lucas Moura. In doing so, Les Parisiens brushed aside competition from some of the continent’s biggest clubs to get their man. Now it is evident that the club are not only capable of landing superstar names, but are now on a par in winning a battle against the marquee clubs in the transfer market.
Obviously people will say that money has prevailed as PSG have the capability at dishing out staggering amounts of money to get these players. It would be naive to think otherwise but the fact of the matter is, PSG succeeded by getting their man as the likes of Manchester United and Internazionale are left to look elsewhere. There is no conspiracy, Lucas has indeed ignored the overtures of two gigantic football clubs in order to adorn the blue of Paris and that in itself is a victory for the club.
Money is a vital cog in PSG’s appeal – of course it is – but as more big names come through the door, the appeal grows stronger. Javier Pastore set the ball rolling 12-months ago and others have followed suit. Ezequiel Lazvezzi, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have brought a global audience to the Parc des Princes and players want to be a part of it alongside them. Lucas even admitted at the beginning of the week that the advice from Silva – who has not even kicked a ball for PSG yet – played a major role in his decision. The new boy said; “I spoke to Thiago Silva and Leonardo and they spoke very well. I know they are building a wonderful project at this club, with a fantastic structure and major players. That is what they said.”
He mentioned Leonardo there whose tireless efforts this past year have been fundamental in the club’s success in luring these big names. His links in Italy especially have been pivotal in realising the club’s dream of signing global superstars such as Silva and Zlatan. He has come up trumps once again to get this deal for Lucas thrashed out so quickly, leaving United and Inter to turn their attention towards other targets.
The club have acquired a player who will hopefully blossom into one of the game’s best. Under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti and a heavily talented squad, he has every chance of doing so. We will not see him until the turn of 2013, but for now PSG can patiently look forward to his arrival and push on for that elusive Ligue 1 title.