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Work permit slowing down Lucas Moura transfer to Tottenham

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All parties are still interested, but the latest reports suggest there’s a ways to go before the finish line.

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If you were expecting to wake up to an announcement that Lucas Moura has signed for Tottenham Hotspur, then you’ll likely be disappointed. While all parties are still interested in the deal, the final details of the transfer are still being worked out, and that includes obtaining a work permit for the Brazilian winger.

According to the Evening Standard, Spurs and PSG are still haggling over the transfer fee, with PSG asking for £26m and Daniel Levy doing the Daniel Levy thing and pushing for a lower fee with higher bonuses.

However, football.london paints a slightly less optimistic picture, saying that contrary to previous reports personal terms have NOT been agreed to, and that Lucas also needs to obtain a work permit to play in England. That permit is likely to be approved based on his international appearances for Brazil, but the process can take a while. A medical has not yet been scheduled.

I think there’s still every reason to be optimistic that this deal will go through as planned, but it seems that it’s a little more complicated than just signing on the dotted line and shaking hands. Spurs have until Wednesday’s deadline to finish the agreement, and it’s starting to seem like they may need all of that time.