#TransferNews: Lucas Moura Completes Tottenham Move From PSG
The 25-year-old had been heavily linked with several Premier League sides, but it was Mauricio Pochettino’s team that eventually sealed his signature
Lucas Moura has completed his medical at Tottenham and his £25m move from Paris Saint-Germain is now finalised.
The Brazil international was consistently linked with a move away from PSG during the January window, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Nantes among the sides linked with him.
But Spurs won the race for Lucas’ signature, with the midfielder having arrived from the French capital to undergo a medical with Mauricio Pochettino’s side earlier this week.
Tottenham have now completed their first January deadline day signing since 2015, when they brought in Dele Alli from MK Dons.
Frozen out by the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Brazil team-mate Neymar, Lucas had not started any league games for PSG this season and featured in just six matches in all competitions.
The 25-year-old has not played since coming on as a late substitute against Strasbourg in a Coupe de la Ligue tie in December, with his last Ligue 1 appearance coming in November.
PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi thanked Lucas for his service to the club and said
“he will always have a special place in the heart of our supporters.”
“He always gave his very best to try and help the team win,”
“Thanks to Paris Saint-Germain, he discovered elite European football and we shared all together so many unforgettable moments. I would like to thank him for the five years he played with the Paris Saint-Germain jersey.”
Lucas will now hope a solid second half of the season with Tottenham helps him muscle a way back into Tite’s Brazil plans, after spending almost two years in the international wilderness since his last cap in 2016.
But Lucas will have to wait to get back on the pitch as he is not be eligible for selection against Manchester United on Wednesday, having missed Tuesday’s 12pm deadline.
“It’s a big challenge for me, a new chapter in my life,” Lucas said in a video posted on Twitter. “I’m so excited to play, to get to know the new stadium and the new fans. I’m sure we can do big things together. It’s really a pleasure for me to be here.”
Lucas joined PSG from Sao Paulo in January 2013 for a reported £38m and went on to win four league titles and make 229 appearances in all competitions, scoring 46 times and setting up 43.