He was a key signing then, but is now merely one of several costing over 40 million euros ($49 million) on a star-studded squad. United is among the clubs now reportedly interested in signing the 25-year-old forward, who has scored 45 goals in 228 appearances for PSG. Last season he netted a career-best 18 goals in all competitions, but coach Unai Emery has hardly used him this term.
Speaking after PSG's 1-0 win away to Nantes on Sunday, where he was an unused substitute, Lucas seemed resigned to leaving. Lucas said "it feels like the end of a story for me, unfortunately," adding that it will be "very difficult" to stay.
Speaking about the Premier League, he added: "English football pleases me a lot. It's the most keenly contested."