Lucas Moura is only a matter of weeks away from linking up with his teammates in Paris after finishing his seven years with Sao Paulo last night.
It was a fairytale ending for the 20-year-old who ended up as a champion thanks to a goal of his in the 2-0 win over Argentina’s Tigre in the Copa Sudamericana.
However, that is only a snippet of what actually happened after a mass brawl involving the Argentines and the police – with the former accusing the authorities of pulling guns on them – and the game was cut short with the Soberano subsequently declared victors. Regardless, that is a story for another medium to cover.
Lucas has been echoing his anxiety as well as his excitement at moving to France next month. It is a massive step in the career of yet another Brazilian, making that all important jump to Europe. We are no strangers to this of course. Ronaldinho and club legend Rai all did the same. Like Lucas, Rai also came from Sao Paulo going on to become arguably the club’s greatest ever player. If the new boy can replicate a smidgen of that then he will have done well.
He is certainly ready to flourish in Paris and will be no stranger to the big city. With compatriots such as Maxwell, Alex and Captain Thiago Silva, they are all experienced enough to take him under their wing. One compatriot however who may leave as a consequence of his arrival is Nene. Again, the media in France have reported of a row between him and director of football Leonardo and Carlo Ancelotti has been so unimpressed with his attitude that he has excluded him from the last three match-day squads.
It is getting to a point where there may be no return. His contract runs out in six months, the club are not prepared to offer him a new deal and interest from Turkey may be too much to ignore in the January transfer window. Besiktas wanted him in the summer and they will look to rekindle interest as too a host of Brazilian clubs.
Lucas will undoubtedly move ahead of him in the pecking order so his playing time, albeit nonexistent at the moment, may follow that trend unless he leaves. It is a sorry situation for a player who has gave so much in his two years at the club.
Nevertheless, the arrival of Lucas is a major coup. Yes, a mammoth amount of money has been spent on such an inexperienced entity but he had his suitors. Most notably Manchester United who looked all but set to seal his signature until we stepped in. And, Sir Alex Ferguson knows a player of esteemed quality as we know.
The new boy will link up with his new peers in Qatar for the winter training camp at the end of this month.