Lucas Moura latest: Spurs ‘delighted’ to beat Arsenal; Zaha

Matt Stead

So you don’t have to busy yourself looking elsewhere…


SKY SPORTS: Everyone agrees that Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain have come to some form of ‘agreement’ with regards to winger Lucas Moura, and Sky add that he ‘has now arrived in London to finalise the move’. They even have a video of him at the airport and everything. It’s all so very exciting. Sky say the fee is £25m.


THE GUARDIAN: The Guardian report that same fee, and add that ‘only the structure’ of it has to be ‘resolved’. Which presumably means Daniel Levy is trying to pay about £5 up front with the rest in add-ons over the course of the next four decades. They also say the Brazilian has agreed personal terms, while most other outlets say that is still up in the air.

An interesting titbit from Ed Aarons involves Wilfried Zaha. Mauricio Pochettino ‘had been interested’ in signing the Crystal Palace winger, but Roy Hodgson essentially told him to bugger off. Or they were ‘informed by Crystal Palace that the Ivory Coast international is not for sale,’ if you prefer.


DAILY MAIL: There is a slight discrepancy in the reported fee – they say it’s £22m – but the most interesting information regards Zaha. Sami Mokbel writes the following:

‘The move for Moura casts doubt over Tottenham’s long-term ambition to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

‘Spurs have a long-standing interest in Zaha, but have so far failed to land the Ivory Coast international. And there is a growing fear behind-the-scenes at Tottenham that a move for Zaha would be beyond the club’s budget.’

So yeah.


DAILY STAR: The pantheon of transfer reliability says Tottenham have offered Moura a five-and-a-half-year contract, and will discuss personal terms with the player this morning. Most importantly, they ‘understand that Spurs are delighted to have seen off competition from rivals Arsenal to secure Moura’s signature.’

Who knew they wanted him?