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The Brazilian striker could be sold in January to avoid a free agent exit

According to reports, Lucas Moura could be sold in January to avoid becoming a free agent, despite Tottenham rejecting two Premier League bids for him last month.
As deadline day approached, Fabrizio Romano reported that Newcastle and Aston Villa were ready to make a move for Lucas Moura. When Tottenham failed to find an adequate replacement, the exits for Lucas and Bryan Gil were both blocked.
The 30-year-old Brazilian arrived in north London in 2018 after joining PSG for £25 million.
The lively forward has had his share of highs at Tottenham, most notably his hat-trick against Ajax in the Champions League final in 2019.
However, the recent additions of Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison have reduced his impact on the team.
This season, Antonio Conte’s regular front three has been Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Kulusevski.
Richarlison is vying for starts after impressing every time he’s come off the bench. Furthermore, on his Champions League debut, the Brazilian scored twice to secure all three points against a tenacious Marseille.
Lucas is now fifth-choice in the attacking ranks, and his contract situation suggests a departure isn’t out of the question.
The specifics of his current contract have been murky. Some sources say he has one year left, while others say he has two.
However, his contract expires in the summer of 2023, according to the player, with the club holding an option for an additional year.
Lucas Moura is considering retiring from the Champions League.
Regardless, Lucas’ comments earlier this summer suggested that he plans to leave the Spurs after this season.
“The idea is to complete the contract,” Moura explained. “It has one more year, with the club having the option of one more.”
“At the end of this season, the club has the option of extending for another year.”
“But here’s my suggestion. Finalizing the contract, playing in the Champions League; we haven’t played in the Champions League in two years, and this may be my final Champions League at Tottenham.
“So the plan is to stay there, finish the contract, be free, and then decide where I’m going.”
According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, Lucas could depart as early as January.
Last chance saloon in January
If the player and club agree not to exercise the option, the winter window will be Spurs’ last chance to recoup a fee.
They continue to form links with players such as Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo. Come January, it could be a case of one in, one out.
“Yes, there is a real possibility that he will leave,” O’Rourke told GiveMeSport.
“In spurts and fits, Lucas Moura has been a good player for Tottenham.” However, for some Tottenham fans, he may not have been as consistent as he could have been.
“There was later in the transfer window interest in him.” Tottenham blocked loan moves for him from Aston Villa and Newcastle.”

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