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Tottenham ink Moura on transfer from PSG

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has another attacking weapon to work with.

On Wednesday, the club announced the signing of Brazilian winger Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain, reportedly in a nearly $35 million transfer with another $5 million as add-ons. Moura reportedly signed a 5.5-year contract with the London club.

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Clearly Moura’s been getting along with his new teammates as seen in Tottenham’s announcement video.

Transfer rumor roundup: Moura arrives at Spurs; Fred to Man City

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We’re now into the final 48 hours of the January transfer window ‚ÄĒ also known, unofficially, as Desperation Time‚Ķ

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Lucas Moura is said (by every UK media outlet) to have arrived in London on Monday and is expected at Tottenham Hotspur’s Hotspur Way training facility for a medical examination today, as the Brazilian winger completes his $35-million move from Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old has made just six appearances (none as a starter) across all competitions for PSG this season. With Moura reportedly happy to accept a significant decrease to his weekly wages in order to facilitate the move, Mauricio Pochettino might have (finally) landed his first successful signing of a wide attacker in four seasons at Tottenham.

With this season’s Premier League title all but in the bag ‚ÄĒ and the quest for the quadruple still on ‚ÄĒ Manchester City have reportedly turned their attention to the summer, as far as incoming transfers go. Center back Aymeric Laporte has signed for Pep Guardiola’s side¬†in an $80-million move from Athletic Bilbao, rounding out a thoroughly impressive squad. As such, Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been earmarked for a summer move, for $56 million, according to the Telegraph.

Chelsea’s search for a target striker continues, as they’ve now reportedly focused their efforts on Tottenham’s Fernndo Llorente, who move from Swansea City for $17 million in the summer. While they’d prefer to keep the 6-foot-5 Spaniard, Spurs would perhaps to be willing to sell should “a significant profit” opportunity arise, according to the Standard.

Chelsea’s other top target is Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (should the Gunners land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund‚Ķ should Dortmund Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea), according to various reports. Should one of the aforementioned deals fall through and the triangle trade fail, Chelsea are also willing to offload defender David Luiz as additional compensation in exchange for Giroud, according to the Star.

Davy Klaassen only arrived at Everton in the summer, for $33 million, and the Dutchman has already been told to find a loan move through the rest of the season, according to the Times. The 24-year-old hasn’t played a PL game since September and will undoubtedly represent a massive financial loss for the Toffees should he leave for good this summer.

Speaking of midfielders potentially departing Goodison Park, Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked, by the Guardian, with a move to West Ham United. Like Klaassen, Schneiderlin arrived for upward of $30 million in the last 12 months and has failed to establish himself a must-pick starter.

Reports: Spurs closing in on PSG’s Lucas Moura

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According to reports in both Brazil and France, Tottenham is close to agreeing with Paris Saint-Germain for winger Lucas Moura.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has been surplus to requirements all season long, making just five Ligue 1 appearances and no starts. He has not appeared in a league match since early November when he came off the bench in a 5-0 win over Angers.

PSG is motivated to sell for Financial Fair Play reasons, and in this position of weakness, Spurs has secured a relatively cheap $31 million deal, according to both Le Parisien in France and UOL in Brazil. PSG reportedly wanted as much as $50 million, but may be forced to take the cut-rate deal. The Brazilian report seems more confident that the two clubs are close to concluding the deal, while Le Parisien claims “Friday night, the two clubs had not yet found common ground.”

Le Parisien also reports that Lucas has already agreed to terms with Spurs on a three-and-a-half year deal that would carry him through the summer of 2021.

Lucas’s best season with PSG came last year, when he scored 12 goals across 37 Ligue 1 appearances, becoming a regular in the side under Unai Emery. However, with the massive additions of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the offseason, Lucas was the odd man out.

Lucas came to PSG in January of 2013 from his boyhood Brazilian club Sao Paulo, costing PSG the same $50 million they wish to receive for him now.

Spurs, meanwhile, are in need of a wide player, with a host of attacking players on the squad who are more comfortable in the center of the pitch. Heung-Son Min has made his mark this season cutting into the box from the left-hand side, but Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are both more central midfielders, while Erik Lamela has been unable to make a consistent mark on the teamsheet.

Transfer rumor roundup: Moura, Jorgensen, Harrison… and Neymar?

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The transfer rumor mill keeps buzzing as the January transfer window moves toward its conclusion.

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Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura prefers a move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur, according to Sky Sports. The price tag is said to be around $33 million, with Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla among the others looking into the 36-times capped Brazilian. Moura had scored 31 goals for PSG in the two seasons prior to this one, but Les Parisiens bought some guys named Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during the summer to chew up minutes on the wings.

Newcastle’s striker chase has been all over Europe, but for the past few days seems centered in the Netherlands and focused on Nicolai Jorgensen. The prolific 27-year-old from Denmark is said to have a $28 million asking price, though the Magpies’ willingness to double his salary might help force Feyenoord’s hand. Newcastle is expected to break its transfer record, set when it bought Michael Owen, to land Jorgensen.


— Fulham’s Tom Cairney is a regular in the transfer rumor mill, and the Cottagers don’t want to sell him. Yet West Ham is willing to offer $21 million for the Championship midfielder.

— PSG will reportedly agree to sell Neymar to Real Madrid — heel alert — if he leads¬†Les Parisiens to the UEFA Champions League title. That’s not ridiculous, given the way PSG has performed in the UCL this season.

— Stoke City is reportedly willing to up its offer to $7 million in the hopes of landing hometown boy Jack Harrison from New York City FC.

Report: PSG to dodge FFP by signing Mbappe on loan, sending Moura to Monaco

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Paris Saint-Germain’s fight to win a UEFA Champions League will receive a major boost from its main Ligue 1 rivals.

Reigning champions AS Monaco have been frustrated by phenomenal and combative forward Kylian Mbappe seeking a move to join Neymar at PSG. Mbappe was reportedly kicked out of Monaco training this week.

That move is very difficult for PSG to pull off thanks to Financial Fair Play; Les Parisiens spent more than $260 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona.

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The way around it? Sky Sports says Monaco will reportedly loan Mbappe to PSG with an agreement to sell the 18-year-old striker permanently after this season. PSG midfielder Lucas Moura would go the other way for this season.

If that rings a bit hollow to those who’d like to see FFP work against massive clubs stockpiling talent, it should; This is hardly any different from spending all the money in one window when considering that Mbappe would join Neymar and Edinson Cavani effective this season.

Incredibly, Sky also has the notion that PSG will bring Fabinho to the Parc des Princes (Yes, from Monaco).

If Mbappe ends up in Paris — forget Fabinho for a second — PSG would be favored to get past its UCL quarterfinals blockade (Les Parisiens were eliminated in the Round of 16 last season by Barcelona after four-straight quarterfinal ousters).