According to a report by journalist Raisa Simplicio, writing for Goal and on social media, Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura is now ‘open to hearing proposals’ this summer as Saudi Pro League clubs keep tabs.
The Lowdown: Sell-to-buy…
Amid all the financial uncertainty caused by the global pandemic, Tottenham will need to adopt a sell-to-buy policy this summer like many other clubs up and down the Premier League.
There are many candidates to be shifted out of the N17 exit door to raise funds, including the likes of Erik Lamela, Juan Foyth, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko (football.london). Lucas could also be a surprise name for the departures lounge despite showing brilliant form at times last season.
Indeed, Alasdair Gold claimed that Spurs might be tempted by an attractive offer for the Brazilian this summer regardless of his improved numbers and popularity at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (football.london).
The Latest: Lucas now ‘open’ to exit offers…
As per Brazilian journalist Simplicio, Saudi Pro League clubs Al Nassr and Al Hilal have ‘consulted’ for the 28-year-old, and it is believed the player himself is now ‘open to hearing proposals’.
As written in Goal, the Middle East duo are currently weighing up whether to make an official proposal to Tottenham, with Al Hilal in particular holding a long-standing interest. Meanwhile, Al Nassr’s coach Mano Menezes personally requested that the club take a look at Lucas as he contemplates adding another South American to his roster.
Indeed, as per this update, the player himself is ‘open’ to offers and ‘does not rule out leaving Tottenham’ this summer.
The Verdict: Keep…
While Lucas is veering on the older side at 29 and slowly approaching the twilight phase of his career, there are plenty of other players who are far more viable for the chopping block.
Near the end of last season, he became a crucial player for Tottenham during the last weeks of former manager Jose Mourinho’s reign. Lucas improved on his 2019/20 numbers (seven goals, five assists), bagging nine goals and eight assists in all competitions for Spurs last season whilst earning praise from several quarters.
Mourinho lauded him as a ‘team player’ who ‘always’ fights for the side (tottenhamhotspur.com), while Alan Shearer raved over his “instrumental” performance in a 2-0 victory at Aston Villa. Premier League star Raphinha is also among his many admirers, recently calling Lucas a ‘monster’ after his landmark 150th appearance for Spurs (Instagram via The Boot Room).
The Brazilian fought hard to regain his starting spot after a long mid-season omission and we believe he may still have a role to play in 2021/22 under Spurs’ new manager.
In other news: ‘Understand’ – Alasdair Gold shares ‘good news’ for Spurs, find out more here.
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