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Tottenham reportedly joins race for PSG’s Lucas Moura

Neymar and Mbappe have shoved Lucas to the fringes, and he’d reportedly like a move to England.

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Brazilian winger Lucas Moura has been at Paris Saint-Germain since 2013, but it appears he’s on his way out of the Parc des Princes. He’s won a lot of trophies with PSG, but with the mega-signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe this summer, Lucas has suddenly found himself on the outside of the squad looking in.

After tallying 19 goals and 11 assists last season, this year he’s barely sniffed Unai Emery’s starting XI at all, playing only 71 minutes in total in all competitions. Thus, it’s no surprise that he quoted as saying he will almost certainly be leaving Paris sometime this month.

“Is there a chance that I stay this winter? I do not think so. With what the coach [Unai Emery] has said, it looks like this is the end of my Paris story.

”I have offers, but I cannot talk about them. I like English football very much; it is truly one of the best leagues in the world. I have always said that I want to stay in Europe. I still have things to achieve here.”

Lucas has been linked with Manchester United for what seems like forever, but according to French outlet Telefoot, Tottenham Hotspur has emerged as an alternate destination for him, and it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

According to Telefoot, Tottenham are looking at bringing in Lucas as a loan option this month, but PSG is only interested in selling him outright, and is asking €30m for his services. More, Lucas would like a move to England, and would be happy at either club.

It seems like he’s been in at the Parc des Princes forever, but Lucas Moura is still only 25. There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of this Telefoot story, but at €30m, that feels like a really reasonable price for a young winger with Champions League experience and a proven nose for goal.

Spurs are loaded at attacking midfield, with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Son Heung-Min, and Moussa Sissoko all options for Mauricio Pochettino, but I don’t think it’s at all a stretch to say that Lucas would almost certainly be a step up from Sissoko, and would push the others for minutes, easily. He’s an experienced player — fast, dribbly, and a proven goal scorer, and would be a very exciting addition to a Tottenham roster that’s pushing for top four in the Premier League. Moving to Spurs would also reunite him with his former PSG teammate Serge Aurier.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy have both said that while they aren’t necessarily looking to make signings this month, they are open to the idea if the right player and right deal come around. It’s hard to say how reliable this rumor is — probably not very — but honestly, €30m for a 25-year old Brazilian who has scored 45 goals for the best team in France? That seems like a exceptionally good value to me. If I’m Daniel Levy, that’s both the right player and probably the right price. If it’s me, I pull the trigger.