Tottenham are reportedly ready to cut their losses on a first-team attacker who is being linked with a move back to his native Brazil in January.
Lucas Moura could be on his way back to his homeland in the new year for a bargain fee of £10million, given that he will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Brazilian outlet Bolavip reports that Flamengo are looking to snatch the 30-year-old from Spurs.
Lucas recently confirmed that despite reports his deal runs out in the summer of 2024 it actually expires next summer instead.
Tottenham do have the option to extend it by a year, which is where the confusion has come in.
The Brazil international joined Spurs from PSG in January 2018 and is approaching five years at the club.
He has played 213 games in all competitions for Spurs, having 65 goal involvements in that time.
However, this season has been a struggle, with the flying winger making only 11 appearances.
Injury has played a part in his absence though. Meanwhile, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison are also ahead of him in the pecking order.
Lucas has already admitted that he is enduring a ‘difficult’ time under Conte. Therefore a move could end up being the best thing for both parties.
Return home tempting for Lucas
Flamengo’s interest in Moura was reported over the weekend by Mauro Sant Anna on YouTube. And now Bolavip adds more to that initial story by claiming they could sign Lucas for just £10m, with Spurs willing to sell.
The Brazilian outfit have reputation for bringing in older pros from European clubs. They currently have David Luiz, Arturo Vidal, Filipe Luis and Thiago Maia in their squad.
Much now depends on whether Lucas prefers a return home to another European challenge.
The winger still has the quality to perform at a decent level, although injuries are starting to bite so a switch back to his homeland could make more sense.