Sheffield Wednesday will allow Lucas Joao to leave the club this summer.

The Portuguese striker by the Owls will be sold for the right price, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

Joao, who is 25 years-old, has scored nine goals in 27 appearances in all competitions this season. His contract with the South Yorkshire side expires in 2021.

Carlos Carvalhal signed him for Wednesday in July 2015 from Nacional for an undisclosed fee. Joao bagged eight goals in his first season at Hillsborough to help get the Owls to the Championship Play-Off final in which they lost to Hull City.

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Joao then fell out-of-favour in the next campaign and spent time on loan at fellow second tier side Blackburn Rovers. He has since forced his way back into Wednesday’s first-team plans and has impressed under Jos Luhukay and now Steve Bruce.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Lucas Joao. ProSportsImages.co.uk

However, Bruce will be looking to balance the books this summer and reduce the squad size as he looks to put his own stamp on his newly inherited side. Joao’s asking price will be high but there is no doubt clubs will be monitoring his situation as he has proven he can score goals in this division.

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Before moving to Sheffield, Joao rose through the youth ranks of Nacional and went onto play 56 times for them as a youngster. He also enjoyed a loan stint at Mirandela, where he scored 12 goals in 28 games in the 2012/13 season.


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