Tottenham Hotspur have an envious record so far in the transfer window – we are yet to sign any player. Will we break the duck soon? I am sure we won’t end the transfer window without signing anyone, so it is just a matter of time.
Who will that first signing be? If reports from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are to be believed, this could be Barcelona midfielder Rafinha. The versatile midfielder has struggled to be a first-team regular at Camp Nou and could be tempted by a move to the White Hart Lane.
The Brazilian is a product of the famous La Masia youth academy. The Barcelona academy is famous for churning players of the highest class although in the recent years the rate has come down. The 24-year-old is the son of famous Brazilian footballer Mazinho and is the brother of Thiago Alcantara – another Barcelona academy product who plays for Bayern Munich now.
Rafinha made just 14 La Liga starts for the Catalans last season although Barcelona regard him highly. This, however, does little for the player who still is miles from being a first-team regular.
Are Spurs Seriously Looking At Rafinha?
It is true that we are looking for an attacking midfield option. Ross Barkley has been mentioned as an option though even Barkley would have got bored with the delay in the deal. His current club Everton’s astronomical valuations cast a cloud of doubt over that deal.
With Moussa Sissoko sure to leave the club this summer, there is a chance for Rafinha to make a mark at our club. With his ability to also play slightly deeper in midfield, this is a player that would suit Pochettino’s requirements.
The bigger question is whether Barcelona will want to sell Rafinha because he is not short of suitors. Tottenham have been very calculative (to put it mildly) this summer, as far as the signings go. They are looking to sign only those players that fit into Pochettino’s mould and getting Rafinha will be a huge statement of intent. The bigger question is, if we can make the move quicker than other teams – provided Barca are ready to part ways with one of their academy talents.