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“There are no talks”- Romano denies talks between Tottenham Hotspur star and Sao Paulo

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Chelsea's Jorginho (L) and Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura compete for the ball.

Fabrizio Romano denies talks between Tottenham Hotspur star Lucas Moura and Sao Paulo

Last month, a piece by the Daily Mail claimed that Tottenham Hotspur forward Lucas Moura could be in line for a move back to Sao Paulo at the end of his contract.

The Brazilian winger is in the final six months of his deal at N17 and could leave the club as a free agent. He has done nothing this season to warrant a new long-term deal.

Given his injury struggles and age, fans would not expect Spurs to come to the table with a long-term contract. Hence, a move at the end of the campaign would be the obvious outcome if a new deal isn’t signed.

Chilean Universidad Catolica's Alfonso Parot vies for the ball with Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura during their 2012 Copa Sudamericana semi-final.
Chilean Universidad Catolica’s Alfonso Parot vies for the ball with Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura during their 2012 Copa Sudamericana semi-final. (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

It was also said that Lucas would expect offers from English clubs if he were to run down his deal with Spurs. Given his experience in England and with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in France, many mid-table or lower-mid-table clubs would be lucky to have a forward like him.

That too, potentially for nothing in transfer fees. It remains to be seen if Sao Paulo, the club where the Brazilian spent seven-and-a-half years between 2005 and 2013, would be looking to bring him back to his homeland.

As of now, that doesn’t seem likely, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. In a recent tweet on 2 January, he wrote:

“There are no talks between São Paulo and Tottenham for Lucas Moura, as things stand. Brazilian winger could stay at Spurs until the end of the season and then leave as free agent in June, this is the expectation.”

Lucas hasn’t been at his best for us whenever he is on the pitch. But that is another problem, the fact that he hasn’t been on the pitch enough for us, playing just 269 minutes of senior football this term.

It’s best for Spurs to let him leave this summer. Trying to cash in on him in January would be a risky move considering our squad depth is already being tested to the maximum given Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison’s injury troubles.

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An emotional return to Sao Paulo will be a possibility for Lucas, but perhaps he can still hack it for a few years at a top club before making the move back to his home country.

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