Spanish giants Barcelona appear to have diverted their attention from Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona are set to make a move for Tottenham attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window after seeing their Coutinho hopes fade.
According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, the 25-year-old is on the top of Barcelona’s wish list this winter, despite them being linked with several names over the past three months. The report says Barca feel Eriksen has not yet reached his full potential and could be an ideal addition to their midfield. They are said to be long-term admirers of the Denmark international and their interest has not gone away.
Liverpool talisman Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp and there were failed bids from Barcelona in the summer. There have also been suggestions the Catalan giants could move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Ernesto Valverde’s men have plenty of cash to spend following Neymar’s €222m move to Paris-Saint Germain in the summer and are interested in luring away playmaker Eriksen from Tottenham. They have reportedly been tracking him since his move to Tottenham and have been impressed by how consistently he has performed in the Premier League.
The Dane has been the driving force for Mauricio Pochettino’s side over the last three seasons with Spurs ending as runners-up last season to London rivals Chelsea. Eriksen’s numbers in the Premier League since joining Tottenham in 2013 are better than both Ozil and Coutinho. This makes him an exciting prospect and what adds more value to the player is that he is yet to reach his prime.
However, it will be difficult for Barcelona to prise him away as Spurs remain adamant that they are not going to sell their best players. Moreover, Eriksen signed a new four-year contract with us in 2016, which makes it an even tougher case for the Spanish club to sign him.
Eriksen will definitely not come cheap should Barca decide to make a move in the January transfer window. Nevertheless, Barcelona could take hope after the Dane admitted he would find it hard to turn down the offer if they came knocking next summer.
Juan Foyth names former Manchester United star as his idol while growing up
Juan Foyth scored the winner in Tottenham’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The youngster has been drafted into the Spurs first-team due to the injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.
Despite a lack of Premier League minutes, the Argentine did well against Wolverhampton Wanderers but he gave away a couple of penalties.
The youngster was much better in the game against the Eagles and recently claimed an ex-Premier League defender was his choice when playing with friends.
The 20-year-old was quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“My idol when I was young was Kaka, but playing with friends, I always played centre-back and I’d say, ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’. But I don’t know why.
“I was young, but I know he was an amazing centre-back. I’d play PlayStation and when I’d play with friends I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’, but I don’t remember the games.”
The former Leeds United and Manchester United defender was one of the best during his playing days, and the Englishman won almost everything there is in club football.
Foyth has had a great start to his Premier League career with Tottenham, but the youngster has a long way to go before he can emulate the former defender.
For now, the former Estudiantes player’s stock is on the rise, and playing in the Premier League certainly is a big deal for the 20-year-old.
“Since when I was a kid, my dream was playing in the Premier League, so I’m enjoying it.”
Tottenham head into the international break with a spot firmly placed in the top four. Our next game is a huge clash against Chelsea at Wembley, and it will be interesting to see who plays in our defence on 24 November.
Tottenham set to receive transfer blow as Juventus steals a march for 19-year-old rising star
Tottenham face a huge task in signing Matthijs de Ligt as Juventus want Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, to discuss a possible transfer with the club director Fabio Paratici, according to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london).
De Ligt is one of the highest rated players current in Ajax and has been linked with Tottenham, as per the report.
Manchester City and Barcelona are also interested in the 19-year-old. The Italian report adds that De Ligt has accepted an invitation from the Serie A giants to visit the club too.
Tottenham could count on their relationship with Ajax regarding players signed in recent years. Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen all joined Spurs from the Dutch giants, while Toby Alderweireld is a former Ajax player too.
Of course, it would be difficult to get into a bidding war with the two European giants. However, playing under one of the brightest managers in football could have its own benefits for a player like De Ligt.
Juan Foyth and Sanchez have gotten better under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Hopefully, this factor and playing in possibly the toughest league in the world can sway De Ligt’s transfer to our direction.
“It is strange that Daniel asked for details like this” – Mauricio Pochettino surprised about his inputs for new stadium
Spurs expected to play at the new ground in September, however, the stadium has been hit by many delays and we are unsure when it will be ready for use.
Pochettino has seen Spurs start the Premier League season well and we are five points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games.
The Argentine was quoted by the Mirror about Levy asking him for some inputs related to the stadium:
“It is strange that Daniel asked for some details like this because he is the architect and he loves this kind of thing.
“But yes, he asked, because we are the professionals and afterwards we are going to be using those different things at the stadium.”
Spurs were recently given clearance to play at Wembley till the end of the current campaign, should the stadium not be ready before the 2019-20 season, as per the Mirror.
We played all our home games at Wembley last season, and the new stadium certainly is taking much longer than expected to be completed.
Tottenham will have one of the best grounds in football once our new home is ready. Hopefully, Pochettino can lead us to a few titles once the venue is open.