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Fan rant of the day: No better time for Tottenham to face Barcelona than right now

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Harry Kane of Tottenham scores against Barcelona

Harry Kane against Barcelona

It all comes down to this. Tottenham made a bit of a meal of their Champions League group, but we still have our fate in our own hands.

All we have to do is defeat Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Although that sounds like a mammoth task, Tottenham have more than a decent chance of getting one over the La Liga giants.

Of course, Inter Milan can make things easy for us and lose to PSV, but when have things ever been simple for us?

Spurs lost the reverse fixture at Wembley but Barcelona have some problems which we could exploit. This Catalan side isn’t as imperious or impenetrable as those with Carles Puyol working his socks off at the back.

Barcelona have conceded 19 goals from just 15 La Liga ties, and they even lost to Real Betis at home, which should give us some hope.

Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Arsenal

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

Further, we seem to be in great shape with some players being rested in the win over Leicester City. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen did not start against the Foxes, and the pair should face the La Liga giants on Tuesday.

Barcelona, on the other hand, have to be a little careful with their side.

Changes in starting XI for Barcelona?

Ideally, the Catalans would play all their big guns but it doesn’t really make sense at this stage of the competition.

The La Liga leaders have qualified for the next round of the competition and will top the group, even if they lose the tie.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Further, they have several players out injured like Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha, Malcom and Sergi Roberto. Luis Suarez only recently came back from injury, and risking him in a dead-rubber doesn’t really make sense.

Barcelona will still be competitive, there are no doubts about that. No club would want to lose a tie in front of their home crowd, and the Catalans still have quality in their side that can hurt us.

However, Mauricio Pochettino spoke about the Catalans not making it easy for us, and we have to go with the right attitude in this clash.

Lapses from any of the players will be exploited by the Catalans but a number of our stars seem to be hitting form at the right time.

Son Heung-min

Dele Alli and Son Heung-min scored in our win over the Foxes, and we seem to be seeing the best of the South Korean.

Harry Kane can run rings around the best defences in the world, but the team as a whole needs to play as it did against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.

Read more: Former Tottenham star claims this Barcelona star will play in the final UCL group game

Tottenham have the players, the manager and the belief to get the job done at the Nou Camp. We were excellent against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund last season, and this is another chance for us to prove that we are capable of handling the pressure.

Bring on the Nou Camp!

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Levy seems to have worked his magic as Tottenham are set to land English starlet for £8.5m

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham set to land Jack Clarke for £8.5m from Leeds United

The Sun reports that Tottenham have haggled their way to an £8.5m deal for Jack Clarke.

The 18-year-old broke into the Leeds first-team last season under Marcelo Bielsa and made 25 appearances in all competitions.

Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke

The report claims that Mauricio Pochettino wants more options in the attack and Leeds have to maintain their finances.

Leeds have included add-ons to the deal for Clarke, according to the report, and Spurs could send the English youngster back on loan at the Championship side.

Clarke scored two goals and provided a couple of assists last season as Leeds missed out on Premier League promotion.

Levy works his magic on a deal

Daniel Levy is known for trying to get the best deal possible for the club, and signing Clarke for £8.5m would an amazing bit of business.

Daniel Levy of Tottenham
Daniel Levy

Sending him back on loan makes sense as he needs more starts to continue his development, and working under Bielsa could see him flourish further.

The Englishman is one of the highest-rated players in the Championship, and the Express had earlier reported that Spurs were set to splash £15m for the 18-year-old.

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Getting him for half of that would not be a bad start to our transfer dealings, and it will be interesting to see who else we can line up in the summer window.

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Italian giants consider signing 22-year-old Tottenham target on a two-year deal

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Spurs transfer news: AC Milan trying to sign Dani Ceballos on a two-year deal

Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) claims that AC Milan’s top executives will try to negotiate a deal for Dani Ceballos.

The Real Madrid starlet is away on U21 Euro duty with Spain, and the report adds that Milan see the 22-year-old as a prime target but only in the right deal.

Dani Ceballos
Dani Ceballos

The report adds that Milan met with representatives from Real this week and discussed deals for five players.

However, Ceballos is the focus for Milan, and the report claims that the Spaniard is valued at €45m-€50m, which is a problem for the Italian giants.

Milan want to sign the youngster on a two-year loan deal with Ceballos possibly joining after the spell, according to the report.

Tottenham have also been linked with the Spanish star, and it will be interesting to see where Ceballos lands up next season.

Tottenham could lose one star for Ceballos

The Spanish star fell down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane and was offered to Tottenham by the La Liga side in a deal for Christian Eriksen (h/t Sun).

The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the season and is yet to sign a new deal with Spurs.

Ceballos is a star for the future but isn’t on the same level as Eriksen. The Spaniard can play as a central attacking midfielder and can do a job on the wings too.

Real were offering a decent sum and Ceballos for Eriksen, and accepting that deal would be better than losing the Dane on a free.

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Spurs have the added draw of the Champions League next season while Milan missed out on the final day of the season.

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Tottenham interested in AC Milan star who could be sold in the summer

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham one of three clubs interested in Franck Kessie

Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) reports that three Premier League clubs are interested in AC Milan’s Franck Kessie.

The 22-year-old midfielder enjoyed a decent season with the Italian giants and scored seven goals in the league campaign.

The Ivorian is one of the brightest talents in the Serie A and made a name during his spell with Atalanta.

Franck Kessie
Franck Kessie

Kessie joined Milan two seasons ago, and the report adds that Tottenham are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.

Spurs haven’t signed players in over a year, and it will be interesting to see if we make a move for Kessie.

The report adds that Premier League rivals London and Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder.

Milan are looking at making moves in the summer, and the report claims that Kessie could be sold to generate funds for other players.

Tottenham also making moves in the summer

Tottenham have been busy in the summer with reports confirming that we are interested in several players.

Spurs need to sign fresh faces to strengthen the team, and hopefully, we can finalise some signings in the current transfer window.

Tanguy Ndombele (h/t Guardian), Giovani Lo Celso (h/t Sun) and Dani Ceballos (h/t Sun) have been linked with Tottenham.

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However, Christian Eriksen is also rumoured to be on his way out as he has just one year left on his current contract (h/t Sun).

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Tottenham interested in signing this West Brom youngster linked with Serie A giants

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham interested in 19-year-old starlet Rekeem Harper

The Mirror reports that Tottenham are interested in West Bromwich Albion’s 19-year-old midfielder Rekeem Harper.

The report adds that the teenager is out of a contract at the end of the month, and has not been able to agree on a new deal with West Brom.

Slaven Bilic was appointed as the new West Brom manager recently, and the report claims that the new boss wants to keep hold of Harper to ensure a promotion push.

Rekeem Harper
Rekeem Harper

The Baggies lost out on the race for Premier League promotion last season, and it is to be seen how they strengthen the team for the upcoming campaign.

However, the report claims that West Brom could lose Harper for a small compensation fee, with Liverpool and Juventus also interested in the 19-year-old.

The English midfielder played 23 times for the Baggies last season and recorded a goal and an assist in the Championship.

Harper has been at the club since the age of 12, and it will be interesting to see if he decides to leave the club in the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders with young players

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a history of working well with young players, and Harper could be another starlet that reaches his potential under the Argentine.

The best example of Pochettino doing well is with Dele Alli, as the former MK Dons star is now an England international.

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Harry Kane and Harry Winks are other examples of English stars coming through the ranks and doing well at Spurs.

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