This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Barcelona attempted to sign Lucas Moura in the summer transfer window but saw their attempts rebuffed by Tottenham Hotspur, per Mundo Deportivo.
The Catalan club spent the majority of the summer attempting to negotiate a deal to sign Neymar from PSG.
That transfer did not come off, however, and Barca looked to bring Lucas to the club, per the aforementioned report.
Mundo Deportivo reports that Spurs demanded over €50m (£45.1m) for the Brazil international, who scored a hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final second leg win over Ajax last season, to the dismay of the Catalan giants.
The 27-year-old has already made three appearances this season, scoring a header against Manchester City in the second game of the campaign.
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Spurs might well have had a riot on their hands if they had sold the winger this summer.
Lucas etched himself into the club’s folklore on that night in Amsterdam, as Tottenham amazingly reached the Champions League final.
In total, he scored 15 goals in all competitions last season and he offers something different on the right flank.
The only other options available to Spurs are Erik Lamela, whose form can fluctuate between the brilliant and the absurd, and Christian Eriksen, who is a playmaker.
He adds pace and exceptional dribbling ability, as well as an eye for goal; it isn’t much of a surprise that Barca were interested, but Spurs were right to scare them away with a major price tag.