By 90Min
September 05, 2019

Barcelona had the chance to sign Lucas Moura during the summer as they looked for alternatives to Neymar, but ultimately rejected a move due to Tottenham's asking price.

The reigning La Liga champions spent most of the summer seemingly locked in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain in an attempt to re-sign Neymar, but a deal never materialised and PSG instead strengthened by signing Mauro Icardi and Keylor Navas.

Neymar's rumoured move has been called into question, but Mundo Deportivo are adamant that the summer's biggest transfer saga was more than just a half-hearted PR stunt and even claim Moura was lined up as a possible alternative.

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It's claimed that Barça ultimately turned down a move for Moura as Tottenham set their asking price in excess of €50m, something would have made the 27-year-old the club's eighth most expensive player of all time.

The Brazil international has largely struggled to make an impact at Tottenham since his move from Paris Saint-Germain, but Moura stepped up to the plate last season with a 15-goal haul across all competitions - the second-highest tally of his career.

Moura's best performances came during Tottenham's run to the Champions League final, scoring a stunning hat-trick away at Ajax to overturn a three-goal deficit for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Although it's claimed that Barcelona were offered the chance to sign Moura during the summer, Tottenham's stance over his future appears to be set in stone as the Brazil international was rewarded with a new contract last month.

His new five-year contract has seen Moura rewarded with a significant pay rise as well as the promise of regular first-team football.

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