Report: Sheffield Wednesday open to loaning Lucas Joao out

Lucas Joao of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town at Hillsborough Stadium on...

Sheffield Wednesday have reportedly decided that they will consider loaning Lucas Joao out this summer having failed to sell the striker.

Sheffield Wednesday's Lucas Joao

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (4/8; page 67), Sheffield Wednesday have decided that they would be willing to loan Lucas Joao out for the coming campaign having failed to sell the striker.

The Sun on Sunday reports that the Owls had looked to sell the Portuguese, who scored 10 goals in 31 Championship games last season and opened his account for the current campaign with the clincher in the 3-1 win at Reading on the opening day.

 

Nevertheless, it appears that Wednesday are keen to offload the 25-year-old, but have had no luck in their attempts to sell him permanently. The Sun on Sunday (4/7; page 67) reports that they had demanded £8 million for Joao, and are now prepared to loan him out for a substantial fee.

It is not clear exactly how much the Owls will demand from any club planning to take Joao on loan. But the fact that it is said to be a big fee suggests that any admirers may be put off.

Lucas Joao of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town at Hillsborough Stadium on...

He could be a good signing if he is able to replicate the form that he has shown over the past few years. He has scored 20 league goals since the start of the 2017/18 campaign, despite only starting 35 times in that spell.

But having hoped to bag £8 million for the striker during the summer, it may be a disappointment for Wednesday if they are only able to offload him on loan given that that will make it much tougher for the Owls to land a replacement before the window shuts. 

A general view of Hillsborough, home of Sheffield Wednesday prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers at Hillsborough on March 10, 2018 in...

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