First we'll need to figure out where Lucas fits in the formation. We saw during the Trofeo TIM, which Inter won for the eighth time in its twelve year existence, that Andrea Stramaccionni went with a 4-2-3-1 formation. In other words an ideal formation for the attacking midfielder/winger. But, if we look at the options Stramaccioni has at his disposal the addition of Lucas and the upwards of 30m Pound price tag that goes with him certainly seems excessive, but when have we ever known Massimo Moratti to not be excessive?
Needless to say, Inter do not need Lucas Moura right now. They do not need his price tag. they should focus on bringing in some young Italian talent rather than Lucas at this time. This is a perfect year to do so. The Europa league does not matter to most teams, but if they happen to stumble upon the latter stages of the tournament then they will surely start to play their 'A' squad, the same goes for the Coppa Italia. Andrea Strammaccioni was promoted from youth squad manger to the senior team surely he thinks there has to be more than just Coutinho in the ranks.
Moratti continues to spill his guts to the media on his desire for Lucas even though Sao Paulo has already poked fun at Inter's offers and financial situation. Here's a quote from Sao Paulo's director of football Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes.
'There is no (formal) offer and, even if it were to appear, the amount is ridiculous. How can you pay 25m Euro for a player of Lucas's quality? Italian football is broke - the club (Inter) are broke. It seems they are creating this to satisfy the fans.'
You know, times are tough when a Brazilian team is mocking your finances, but its true. Inter needs to make some sales before they are able to purchases anyone else of significance. After the purchases of Samir Handanovic, Rodrigo Palacio, and Freddy Guarin, which cost them roughly 35m Euro, there is not much left. They bought Gaby Mudingayi and loaned Matias Silvestre since then, both moves that just scream we have no money left.
Giampaolo Pazzini seems to be on his way out after Strammaccioni declared him to be spare parts and Diego Milito will be his first option, so maybe some money to be made there, but other than that I am not sure where Inter are going to muster up the 30m plus Pounds for Lucas Moura.
It's nice to believe that Inter still have a chance at the 19-year-old wonder kid, and he would be a heck of a player in the Serie A, but Inter should be OK without him. It seems as though his price tag is too high even for Manchester United so there will be a chance to make a run at him again next summer. For now the Nerrazzurri need to focus on Serie A and posing a serious threat to Juventus.
This argument may come to the forefront as the Olympics start this week and Lucas will feature heavily in the Brazil squad. Should be a great chance for all of us to see what all the fuss is about.