There was a lot of speculation linking Spurs players with moves away from the club in the final weeks of the transfer window.
The likes of Victor Wanyama (Daily Record), Serge Aurier (Daily Mail), and Christian Eriksen (The Express) were linked with moves to European clubs before the September 2nd transfer deadline but all of them ended up staying.
However, a report in Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims that it was actually last season’s Champions League hero, Lucas Moura that was closest to leaving Tottenham on deadline day.
The report claims that the Brazilian was the subject of interest from Barcelona late in the window. It is suggested that the Catalan giants identified Moura as the alternative to Neymar and subsequently enquired about his availability.
It is reported that Tottenham were willing to part ways with the 27-year-old for a fee of around £45m but Barcelona failed to meet that valuation.
The Brazilian was an unused substitute in the North London Derby which took place on deadline day.
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If there is truth to this report, then it could explain why Mauricio Pochettino was so worried about different players being sold before the transfer deadline. However, it is extremely hard to believe that Tottenham would have been willing to let Moura go for as little as £45 million given how well he performed last season.
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