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Tottenham have faced a bit of a blow in their race to sign one of Barcelona’s most promising players. La Masia star, Carles Alena, has signed a three-year deal with the Catalan giants with an option of increasing it by another two years should he become a regular for the first-team.

We were linked with a move for the 19-year-old playmaker during the summer but the player has committed his future to the Catalans.

Alena actually made his debut for the first-team in a 1-1 draw against Hercules in the Copa Del Rey. He scored the only goal of the game which took place in 2016 and now looks set to make a push to become a mainstay in the side.

The Spaniard also made a handful of appearances in La Liga last time around and played a major role as the reserve side made it to the second division in Spain.

Mauricio Pochettino had made a move to sign the highly rated youngster and even offered him first-team football according to a report by AS.

Barca didn’t waste time and ensured that the player stuck to the side by announcing that he had decided to continue his career at the Nou Camp.

A report by IBTimes also added that the youngster has a rather ridiculous release clause of €75million, should he actually make it to the first team of the La Liga side.

“FC Barcelona and midfielder Carles Alena came to an agreement Tuesday whereby the 19-year-old will extend his deal with the club for a further three years,” the club stated on its website.

“The deal also calls for a two-year club option should Alena, who currently plays for the reserves, end up making the first team. The buyout clause has been set at €75m”

Just to prove that the youngster is the future for the side, even Josep Bartomeu, the Barcelona president, added that Alena could be the player to do Philippe Coutinho’s job.

As quoted by Mundo Deportivo, Bartomeu said:

“It has been identified that the team already have players of that profile and that there are players from the academy ready for it. An example is Carles Alena. It has been considered that the best option is to bet on home-grown players due to the [high] prices to bring players from other clubs.”

We don’t know if Alena would turn out to be the next Coutinho or not, but he is a great talent that we have missed out on.

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Dutch international midfielder to snub Tottenham in favour of La Liga giants

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Donny van de Beek to snub Tottenham in favour of Real Madrid

Netherlands international Donny van de Beek prefers a move to Real Madrid over Tottenham, according to De Telegraaf (h/t Express).

The 22-year-old has been in great form since the last season and helped them reach the Champions League semis.

Van de Beek has been in good touch this season too. The midfielder has 11 goals and five assists in all competitions for Ajax.

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Donny van de Beek has been excellent for Ajax over the past 18 months (Image credit: AFP)

Spurs could have done with a quality midfielder joining, especially with Christian Eriksen on the final year of his contract.

However, Van de Beek’s representatives have hinted that the Dutchman wants a move to Real over Spurs (h/t Express).

Real made an offer of €50million in the previous window but the midfielder remained at the Dutch giants (h/t Express).

The La Liga giants are set to offer €55m in hopes of landing him (h/t Express). Ajax have seen several talents leave after the previous campaign, and it will be interesting to see what happens with Van de Beek.

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Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham’s summer plans will be important

Jose Mourinho has a tough job on hand to revitalise Tottenham in the summer window.

There are some players leaving on a free while a few have been average for a while. The new manager suffered his first defeat since taking over recently.

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Spurs were beaten by Manchester United, and it will be interesting to see if there are any moves planned in January.

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Premier League rivals could move for this Tottenham midfielder in January

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Manchester United could move for Christian Eriksen in January window

Manchester United could move for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen in the January window, according to the Mirror (h/t Daily Star).

The Dane is a free agent in the summer and can speak with foreign clubs in the winter window.

The report claims that United moved for the Dane at the start of this season but he wasn’t keen on joining them.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

Atletico Madrid and Juventus are keen on landing him on a free (h/t Daily Star) and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the coming weeks.

United would have to part with a fee to sign him in January, however, they could save up and land him for nothing in the summer.

The Dane hasn’t featured much under Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese took over. Dele Alli has done a great job in the midfield and was on target again with a sumptuous goal against Manchester United.

It still came in a losing cause, and this was the Portuguese manager’s first loss since taking over at Spurs.

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Dele Alli found the back of the net against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

Spurs should sell Eriksen in January

The Dane doesn’t seem to be part of our plans at the moment, and it would be better to sell him in January than keep him till the end of the season.

We could make some money off the 27-year-old but selling him to a Premier League rival should be off the cards.

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Spurs cannot strengthen their rivals as we have done in the past. Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick are previous examples of us selling to Manchester United.

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Mourinho only convinced by one defender since taking over at Tottenham

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Jose Mourinho only convinced by Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham’s defenders

Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Tottenham manager at the hands of Manchester United.

Losing any game is tough for the boss to take, but getting beat by a former club is even tougher to take.

Our defence was at fault again as we conceded two poor goals, one being a penalty, and there have been some questions on our back four.

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Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager (Image credit: Getty)

We have conceded a couple of goals in every game under Mourinho, and the Independent claims that he is only keen on Toby Alderweireld remaining at the club from the defence (h/t Sun).

The Belgian is a free agent in the summer and he hasn’t agreed on a new deal yet. Jan Vertonghen is another who is a free agent in the summer.

The report goes on to say that Mourinho isn’t convinced with Davinson Sanchez too.

The former Manchester United boss even targeted the ex-Ajax centre-back in the Europa League final in 2017 (h/t Sun).

Big decisions coming up from Mourinho

Mourinho has some big decisions to make in the summer window with several players out of contracts.

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Toby Aldeweireld is a free agent in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are free agents, and it will be interesting to see what his plans are for the defence.

Serge Aurier, Danny Rose and Sanchez have all struggled this season. However, making wholesale changes to the back four won’t be cheap.

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Juan Foyth is also present in the team, but the Argentine hasn’t featured much under the Portuguese.

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“I don’t need to answer” – Mourinho remains tight-lipped about La Liga star joining Tottenham

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Jose Mourinho remains coy on Gareth Bale transfer possibility

Jose Mourinho didn’t say much when asked about signing Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Mourinho was speaking to the press after the 2-1 loss to his former club Manchester United. Dele Alli scored a fantastic goal but Marcus Rashford’s brace got the home side the win.

Tottenham weren’t poor in that game, but that cutting edge in the final third was missing.

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Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea (Image credit: Getty)

Mourinho was told about Bale’s comments from earlier where he expected Tottenham to win trophies under the new manager.

The manager thanked Bale for those words and replied to a question about the Welshman joining Spurs (h/t Football.london):

“Come on, I don’t need to answer.”

Bale has had his problems at Real Madrid with the fans and the manager. Zinedine Zidane hasn’t seen eye to eye with the Welsh winger while the fans have also booed him in the past.

The 30-year-old could be a smart addition to the team, but his age and durability is a problem.

It will be interesting to see who we can sign in the winter window. Spurs have been low-key spenders in the past but that could change with Mourinho at the helm.

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Gareth Bale helped Wales qualify for Euro 2020 (Image credit: Getty)

Defence a big issue for Spurs

There are pressing concerns for the manager though. We have leaked goals this season and have conceded twice in every game under the new boss.

Mourinho is known for making the defence almost impenetrable, and that is something he needs to work on.

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The loss also put us nine points behind Chelsea in the race for the fourth spot. Our next clash is a home game against Burnley before our final Champions League group game against Bayern Munich.

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