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Tottenham could land La Liga starlet, thanks to Pochettino’s connections

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Mauricio Pochettino could use personal connection to land Carles Alena

Tottenham are interested in Barcelona star Carles Alena, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Express).

The 21-year-old has struggled for regular game time at Barcelona after breaking into the first-team last season.

Alena has just 46 minutes of La Liga football under his belt and the Spaniard will be allowed to leave the Nou Camp on loan in the winter window (h/t Express).

Carles Alena
Tottenham were interested in the 21-year-old during the summer (Image credit: Getty)

The report claims that two Premier League clubs are keen on Alena but Spurs have an advantage, thanks to Mauricio Pochettino. The manager is very close to Alena’s representative Ivan de la Pena and they watched the Barca star in action together last season (h/t Express).

Barca want Alena to play

The Catalans would demand regular first-team action for Alena should he join another club in January (h/t Express).

Barca also value their academy product highly, who has a release clause of £64million, according to the report.

Carles Alena
Carles Alena broke into the Barcelona team last season (Image credit: Getty)

However, the youngster is yet to feature in the Champions League this season and has mostly played in the Copa del Rey.

It will be interesting to see if we make a move for Alena in the winter window. Tottenham have options for their midfield and with Giovani Lo Celso returning from a long-term injury, the Argentine could get more minutes on the pitch.

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The former Real Betis star is yet to start a game for us and hopefully, he can show his best form in the coming weeks.

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Tottenham boss Mourinho provides exciting transfer update on 23-year-old starlet

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Tottenham are likely to sign Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club are likely to make Giovani Lo Celso’s loan deal permanent. (h/t Football.London)

Lo Celso joined Tottenham on loan in August, with the option of making the deal permanent. Injuries had limited his appearances on the pitch, with him making only nine appearances for Spurs in his first four months at the club.

The 23-year-old has played in the last 6 games for Tottenham, with impressive performances against Liverpool and Middlesbrough.

Giovani Lo Celso

It appears that the club will tie him down to a long-term deal after his performances over the past few weeks.

According to the terms of the loan, the move becomes permanent at the end of the season if the club finishes in the top four. Spurs also have the option of making the move permanent in January for a lower fee.

Tottenham can activate the deal in January to sign Lo Celso for £27million as opposed to paying £34million in the summer (h/t Daily Mail).

Speaking on the midfielder’s future, Mourinho was optimistic about the deal being made permanent.

“I think Giovani is going to stay with us.”

Mourinho was also full of praise for the midfielder who scored against Middlesbrough.

“Amazing kid. Quiet. Waiting for his opportunities. Opportunities are coming step by step. I am very, very happy with him.”

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The mandatory clause to purchase Lo Celso in the summer is binding only if Tottenham qualify for the Champions League. Even then, Spurs will only be getting 80% of the player’s rights, with Betis retaining the other 20%.

Lo Celso has made 19 appearances for Argentina and has scored 2 goals. He was a part of the Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa America.

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Mourinho keen on Tottenham reunion with his former protege

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Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Willian at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur are in line to secure the signature of Brazilian midfielder Willian, seven years after he snubbed a move to Spurs in favour of Chelsea. Jose Mourinho is a fan of the midfielder and is keen on a reunion with the 31-year-old midfielder. (h/t Daily Mail)

Willian’s contract at Chelsea is set to expire in the summer and the player’s future at the club remains uncertain for now. European heavyweights Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus are also keen on the player who will be available for free in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham looked to have won the race for Willian in 2013, only for Chelsea to swoop in for the player at the last moment. The Brazilian has played 319 times for the Blues and has scored 57 goals.

The Chelsea manager at the time was Mourinho and the Brazilian flourished under this tutelage. The Portuguese also tried to sign the Brazilian during his stint at Manchester United. The addition of Willian would bring experience and quality to our richly talented squad.

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Willian in action against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Chelsea are desperate to keep hold of their star man and have offered the player a one-year extension on his current deal. Willian, however, is seeking a two-year deal plus a pay rise from his £110,000-per-week wage.

Willian put in a man of the match performance in Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham last month. He scored both the goals in the impressive 2-0 win for the Blues. The 31-year-old was a member of the Brazil squad that won the 2019 Copa America.

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Chelsea are keen on retaining the player’s services and are likely to return with another offer. The Blues see him as a critical cog in their long-term plans. Willian has come into his own since the departure of Eden Hazard and has impressed under Frank Lampard.

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Big Injury boost for Tottenham as key superstar could return to action soon

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Tottenham Captain Hugo Lloris resumes training with the first-team

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has returned to first-team training three months after dislocating his arm against Brighton. (h/t Sky Sports)

The French international has missed 103 days due to injury, his longest absence due to injury. This has led to him missing 20 games for Tottenham this season.

Barring a few errors, Paulo Gazzaniga has done relatively well in the Frenchman’s absence. The Argentine will most probably make way for Lloris as Jose Mourinho would seek to add the veteran’s leadership to a leaky Spurs defence.

Hugo Lloris of Tottenham

The goalkeeper’s return will add to the leadership qualities further diminished by the loss of Harry Kane. Spurs have one of the worst defensive records in the league. The Spurs manager has commented on the goalkeeper’s availability and has stated that he expected Lloris to return to action in February.

“If you ask me late February or early February, at this moment I go more for early. Things are going well. He’s getting his confidence back, he’s training so I would say he’s one of our new players in the January transfer window.”

Lloris has gone on to make 307 appearances for Tottenham since moving to the club in 2012. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s best goalkeepers and also captained France to World Cup glory in 2018.

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Lloris’ return would be a huge welcome boost for the side as we look to achieve a top-4 finish under Jose Mourinho this season.

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“Big save”, “Delicious”- Some Tottenham fans react to star man’s heroics against Watford

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Several Tottenham fans react as Paulo Gazzaniga pulls off a penalty stunner

Tottenham Hotspur had goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to thank as they drew 0-0 away to Watford at Vicarage road. It is now 4 games without a win for Jose Mourinho’s side as they fall further behind in the race for the fourth spot.

It was a game where the goalkeepers took centre-stage as Ben Foster stopped Lucas Moura to keep the Hornets level at the break. Tottenham almost won the game in stoppage time, only to see Erik Lamela’s strike cleared off the line by the thinnest of margins.

Paulo Gazzaniga

It could have been much worse had it not been for the 28-year-old Argentine goalkeeper. Watford were awarded a penalty in the 69th minute when a Gerard Deulofeu shot ricocheted off Jan Vertonghen’s outstretched arm.

Thankfully for the Belgian defender, Gazzaniga dived well to his right to keep out Troy Deeney’s well-struck effort after appearing to win a staring contest with the Watford striker.

It was Tottenham’s second clean sheet under Mourinho in 16 games. Spurs fans were visibly relieved at the 28-year-old’s save and took to Twitter to praise the goalkeeper.

Twitter reacts to Gazzaniga’s penalty save

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