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Trusted Antonio Conte first-teamer tempted by ‘fantastic’ LaLiga opportunity as rumours hit fever pitch over January exit

Heung min Son, Lucas Moura, Tottenham celeb during Premier League clash against Southampton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Sevilla are the latest club to be linked with a Tottenham first-team star, who has admitted that ‘playing in La Liga would be something fantastic for me’.

The Spanish side are being heavily linked with a move for Spurs winger Lucas Moura, whose current contract expires at the end of the current campaign.

Tottenham do, however, have the option to extend his deal for another year if they want.

At this stage that remains open, given how Lucas has missed the last five games through injury. There are also no signs that he will be back any time soon.

The arrival of Dejan Kulusevski in January pushed Lucas down to the bench. And that is where he stayed for the majority of the second half of last season.

The Brazilian did feature in the opening two games of this campaign, both times as a late substitute. However, the summer signing of Richarlison has pushed him further down the pecking order.

That has led to a number of clubs checking on his potential availability.

Spanish adventure tempting Spurs man

A return to Brazil has been mooted but Sevilla have emerged as major contenders for a January swoop.

And when asked about a potential move, Lucas admitted that he would jump at the chance to play in Spain.

He said (via VamosMiSevilla): “I didn’t know about Sevilla’s interest, but it’s a club that I like and a city that they speak very highly of.

“Playing in La Liga would be something fantastic for me, because I like it a lot.”

If Sevilla do make a move, it will almost certainly be a loan with an option to buy.

That makes sense, it would mean Tottenham picking up their extra year option in order to then receive an actual fee for the attacker.

As for interest from his homeland, the president of Sao Paulo, Julio Casares, has refused to rule out a deal.

Despite interest from European clubs, Lucas is tempted to return to Brazil. Indeed, his family are said to be longing for a return home.

Sao Paulo are in a strong financial position after they received a sell-on fee when Manchester United signed Ajax winger Antony.

But when asked about signing Lucas, Casares gave a particularly vague answer. He said (via Brazilian journalist Andre Hernan’s YouTube channel h/t HITC): “Who knows. Who knows.”

Too soon for Lucas to return home

At 30 years of age, it’s too soon for Lucas to be heading back to Brazil for one last hoorah.

The flying winger still has plenty to offer in European football’s big leagues, it’s just unlikely to be at Tottenham.

Lucas has arguably suffered from his versatility and the fact he can play in several roles off the bench.

He is clearly at his best on the right of a front three but was being used at wing-back by Antonio Conte in pre-season.

Striker is also a position the former PSG man has filled for Spurs, most notably when he scored his incredible hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final victory over Ajax in Holland.

But his chances of starting now have diminished rapidly, especially with rumours of Kulusevski signing permanently.

Richarlison can also play all three forward positions, leaving Lucas an even more redundant asset.

The only way he stays in north London beyond January is if Conte refuses to let him leave.

Tottenham allowed plenty of creative talent to walk out the door over the summer and do not have that many options off the bench.

Conte may decide that Lucas is too valuable to the team, which could in turn lead to the forward leaving on a free in the summer – if his one-year option is not taken up.

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