Journalist claims Spurs could demand up to £17m for 29-year-old this summer

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Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola has dismissed the chances of Lucas Moura returning to Sao Paulo this summer, insisting that Tottenham will demand a sizeable fee for the winger.

Moura dropped down Antonio Conte’s pecking order following the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus in January, with the Brazilian primarily being used as an impact substitute in the second half of the season.

The Evening Standard reported last month that the former Paris Saint-Germain star is one of the players Spurs are willing to listen to offers for his summer but the report added that the wide-man is happy at the North London club.

The 29-year-old told Brazilian outlet Esporta na Band recently that his contract might run out next summer if Spurs do not take up the option to renew, and stated that he is ‘very likely’ to return to Sao Paulo eventually.

This has seemingly got Sao Paulo fans dreaming of Moura making a return to the club this summer but Nicola has now dismissed the possibility.

The journalist said on his YouTube channel (as translated by Sport Witness) that it would be ‘impossible’ for Sao Paulo to sign Moura this summer.

He explained that Spurs are likely to demand a transfer fee of around €15m- €20m (£12.7m-£17m) for the winger, which the Brazilian club cannot afford.

Nicola added that Sao Paulo would have to wait until Moura’s contract with Spurs runs out and snap him up as a free agent.

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Conte seems to value Moura as a squad player and so, I never thought there was a chance of the Brazilian being sold this summer.

While one can argue that Bergwijn has better attributes than the Brazilian, the latter’s attitude is seemingly appreciated by those at the club.

Unlike Bergwijn, Moura seems to be a team man and never complains if he is left on the bench, and always gives 100 per cent when he comes on.

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