Mauricio Pochettino seems to be on the lookout for fresh talent and the club is linked with a move for a former Barcelona youngster. Munir El Haddadi was expected to play for the Catalan giants this season but the signing of Paco Alcacer from Valencia all but ended his chance of breaking into the first team.
The 21-year-old was then sent out on loan to Valencia but it is being reported that Tottenham wanted to sign him up and the major problem was that Spurs did not want a buy-back clause inserted into the deal.
Tottenham were willing to stump up €15 million for Munir, however, Valencia’s loan deal has a buying clause but the club are in disarray and may not be able to match the fee which is touted to be around €12 million.
This should open the window of opportunity for Spurs and if they do match the same amount, Barcelona could be looking to seal the deal. Even Spanish paper Marca claims that Barcelona are willing to let go of Munir for lower than the €15 million Spurs bid but again the bone of contention would be the inclusion of a buy-back clause, something that Barcelona have used for a few years now.
Tottenham could still end up signing the highly rated forward and it would be a pretty good bit of business given that he has a number of years still left to develop and Pochettino is great with his young players.
Munir can play on either side of the flank and as a central striker with his pace and dribbling being his best qualities. In fact, he was expected to be the next big thing at Barcelona but the presence of Neymar, Luis Suarez and now Paco Alcacer has certainly affected his chances of growing.
It will be a surprise, however, if Tottenham do try to sign him up now as the 21-year-old has only scored four La Liga goals for Valencia this season from 23 games, which isn’t the greatest of records.
While Spurs have made some rather questionable big money signings since Pochettino’s arrival, maybe a player on the cheap that has a lot to prove could be the right way to go about the transfer market.