Chelsea’s hopes of signing Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain appear to be over as the Brazil international has reached an agreement in principle with Beijing Guoan.
Goal understands that after holding active discussions about his potential employer with former team-mates Renato Augusto and Ezequiel Lavezzi, Moura has given the green light to a move to the Chinese Super League giants and could be well on the path to moving east in January.
Lucas has had a difficult campaign with PSG, having played less than 90 minutes of competitive football since the beginning of the season, and the 25-year-old winger may see the opportunity to move to China as a new start.
The capital side are eyeing a number of new recruits, including Lucas, who has habitually been left out of PSG’s matchday squad in recent weeks.
Although Chelsea are also interested in the player, the CSL side can offer greater financial terms that provide them with sufficient muscle to push a deal through.
However, the biggest obstacle to getting the deal done is the CFA's rule to bring down soaring price tags on transfers. Guoan are still exploring options to navigate this issue.