Barca fail in dramatic deadline day swoop for £45m Spurs man

Joe Williams
Lucas Moura Tottenham

Barcelona missed out on signing Tottenham forward Lucas Moura before Monday’s transfer deadline for European clubs, according to reports.

The European transfer window slammed shut on September 2 with Premier League clubs breathing a huge sigh of relief after their window closed almost four weeks earlier.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been particularly vocal over his dislike of the early closure, with a number of his group unsettled while the prospect of a move to Europe was still a possibility.

One name he won’t have necessarily been worried about was Moura – but Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims that Barcelona made a last-minute effort to bring him to the Nou Camp.

After failing to land Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, Moura was understood to be their plan B.

However, the report adds that the Catalan giants would not meet Tottenham’s asking price of £45m for the Brazilian.

The 27-year-old has a goal and assist to his name already this term, while he contributed 15 goals in all competitions last campaign.