If Tottenham Hotspur appoints Louis van Gaal as their new coach, rumours are the Dutchman wants to make Brazilian Lucas Moura as one of his main targets this summer.
After starting against Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge last week, it looks like there were some admirers watching in London, and the Brazilian could be back in the English capital sooner rather in later if reports in France are to be believed.
Since joining PSG last winter it has been a difficult period of transition for the Brazilian winger. He has lost his place in the National team to Chelsea’s Willian, and he has never quite forced his way into the PSG first XI on a consistent basis. He has made 30 appearances this season, only half of them have been starts and he has only managed three goals this season.
Much more is expected from the 21-year-old Brazilian, but consistency has been his main problem since arriving in France. All too often he will show glimpses of the superb player he threatens to be, only to go missing for huge chucks of any game. His brightest moment came recently against Marseille in the Parc des Princes. Lucas picked the ball up deep in his own half: he showed pace, control and amazing skill to beat five Marseille players, once inside the box his final touch let him down and his shot was cleared off the line.
The move completely encapsulated everything about Lucas Moura in one move. Unbelievable ability, but lacking that clinical element to finish moves in the final third.
The links with Spurs have to be taken with a pinch of salt. PSG paid €40 million for Lucas only 12 months ago, the players ability may be brought into question, but at 21 years old, he will be given plenty of time to grow and develop. It is possible that a loan deal may be an opportunity for Spurs to pursue, but that is unlikely the sort of signing that van Gaal would want to make if he was to become the new boss at White Hart Lane.
Lucas has already been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United, and he will continue to be linked with moves away from the French capital as long as he is not starting every game, but any permanent move for now looks unlikely for all parties involved.