Manchester United are reportedly closing in on Paris Saint-Germain winger, Lucas Moura, but why didn’t Arsenal make a serious move for him?

With Theo Walcott set to either sign for Everton or Southampton this month, you would expect Arsenal to be looking at replacements.

Lucas, who’s been at PSG since since 2013, would be a massive upgrade on the 28-year-old. Last season, he scored 19 goals in 53 appearances over all competitions – 12 of these goals came in Ligue 1 in 29 starts.

According to French outlet Telefoot, the 25-year-old is keen to move after his playing time has dried up this term, and United are said to be his preferred destination.

He’s only made five Ligue 1 appearances this season and they’ve all been as a sub. It seems that PSG are willing to sell, although the Red Devils, who have been linked with the Brazilian since 2012, are reportedly only keen on a loan deal.

Lucas is valued at just under £34m but if PSG are keen to offload the winger, surely this figure could be brought down. If we manage to somehow collect £25m for Theo, this could go some way towards paying for him.

Even Chelsea defender Alex, Lucas’ compatriot, has advised the winger to sign for Arsenal. “If I was in his place, I would have already left to make an impact elsewhere,” he said back in October.

“Spanish football could suit him – he could take advantage of the space with his speed and technique. Even if England does not seem favourable, I would like to see him at Arsenal. They play cleaner football, more technical.

“He had contacts, I believe. That would be a good option for him this winter.”

If United sign Lucas, and Arsenal sell Theo without finding a replacement, Gooners will be spitting feathers. Overlooking such talent would be poor from Arsenal’s point of view.