Spurs could allow Lucas Moura to leave the club for free next summer with Brazilian giants Sao Paulo and Flamengo both set to be interested in the player, according to reporter Mauro Sant Anna.
The 35-year-old Brazilian has never hidden his desire to return to South America at some point in the future. It now appears to be a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if.’
But Moura’s move depends a lot on Tottenham and their willingness to let him go. As things currently stand, Lucas will be a free agent next summer. However, if activated, there is a clause in his contract that allows Spurs to keep the winger for another season.
According to Sant Anna, Antonio Conte and Spurs will not come in the way of Moura if he is offered a deal that is difficult to refuse. Sao Paulo’s club chief Muricy Ramalho has previously stated the club’s desire to sign him but admitted that he might be a little too expensive for their liking.
He said on his YouTube channel:
“Flamengo is monitoring the situation of Lucas Moura. Despite having another year-and-a-half on his contract, he wants to return to (first-team) football and believes he has a lot of wood to burn.”
“Due to the good relationship he has with Tottenham’s board, they could agree to let him leave for free. The club would not make it difficult for him to leave at the end of this season.”
Lucas has only played 93 minutes of Premier League football this season, falling behind Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski in Conte’s pecking order. If Ruslan Malinovskyi who is heavily linked with Spurs arrives from Atalanta, he will further limit Lucas’ opportunities, so it makes little sense to keep him against his will for another season.
Lucas Moura has an emotional connection with Sao Paulo and has publicly stated his desire and love for the club. He told Flow Sport Club: “I’ve always said that I want to go back to Sao Paulo. It’s the club I love.”