For most part of the summer transfer window, Barcelona were chasing Neymar and the forward was also keen on returning to Camp Nou.

However, the La Liga winners failed to find an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain, forcing the former Santos man to continue with the Ligue 1 champions.

As an alternative, journalist Miguel Rico, writing in the last page of today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo explains Ernesto Valverde’s side ‘had the opportunity’ to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura during the negotiations.

However, the Blaugrana ‘rejected’ it because the operation to bring the Spurs attacker to Spain proved to be unfeasible due to the north London club’s demands. Rico states Mauricio Pochettino’s side demanded in excess of €50m.

These claims are a bit hard to digest considering a few factors. Moura signed a new five-year deal with the Champions League runners-up on August 9th.

And even if Tottenham were open to the idea of selling the Brazilian, it is highly unlikely Daniel Levy would only ask around €50m plus, especially when he demanded €60m for Christian Eriksen, who had a year left on his contract.

It’s worth pointing out the first instance of this rumour appeared very late on the European transfer deadline day with El Chiringuito making a very big deal out of it in a TMZ style video in their office.

Either way, the Brazilian remains in London, where he will likely play a rather important role in both of Tottenham’s Premier League and Champions League campaigns.