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Tottenham Hotspur Plotting A Sensational Swap Deal To Sign Serie A Forward: Right Choice By Jose?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Tuttosport, as cited by Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sacrifice Lucas Moura in an attempt to sign Arkadiusz Milik. The Napoli forward has been identified as a target for the Lilywhites, who are plotting a swap deal between him and Lucas in the upcoming summer transfer window. But, will the exchange make sense for the club?

Should Tottenham Hotspur get rid of Lucas?

Lucas joined Tottenham in January 2018, in a €28 million move from Paris Saint-Germain. However, he hasn’t done enough to justify his price-tag despite being awarded a host of opportunities in the first-team.

This season, in particular, he has featured in 27 league matches. He was the primary alternative for Harry Kane in the number nine slot after the English international suffered an injury earlier this year. But, the Brazilian failed to make use of his opportunities, often appearing sloppy in the final third and lacking any sort of end product.

As a result, Lucas has scored only four goals so far this campaign. His lack of productivity has not helped a Tottenham side, who have had to deal with the injuries of Kane and Son Heung-Min. Therefore, it is needless to point out that the departure of this 27-year-old won’t deter Spurs in the summer.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – MARCH 10: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur at Red Bull Arena on March 10, 2020, in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What do they gain from Milik?

What makes Milik a beneficial signing for Tottenham is that he would be able to provide proper backup for Kane. The Lilywhites have really struggled with productivity without their main striker, and that’s where the Pole could help out next season.

Milik is regarded as one of the top strikers in Serie A, having scored 46 goals in 109 competitive matches for Napoli. His ability to find himself in scoring situations, coupled with his work-rate and physicality make him a tailor-made fit for the Premier League.

Besides, it is fair to point out that Kane’s future at Tottenham is currently hanging in the balance. The English forward has been linked with a move away from north London, and in case he leaves the club, Milik can be considered as a like for like replacement in the number nine slot.

Verdict

Tottenham should definitely look to push for this swap deal that will not only benefit them but also Moura, whose future at the club seems uncertain following the arrival of Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn. However, it remains to be seen whether Napoli will be willing to sign the Brazilian outcast this summer in exchange for their prized attacker.

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