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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal set to fight for history-making LaLiga winger

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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal set to fight for history-making LaLiga winger

Arsenal and Tottenham ‘locked in transfer battle’ for Ander Barrenetxea

North London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham, are gearing up for a potential battle in the transfer market as they both set their sights on securing the services of Real Sociedad’s talented winger, Ander Barrenetxea.

The 22-year-old has been making waves in La Liga this season, earning admiration from scouts representing both Arsenal and Tottenham. The North London duo certainly appear keen on bolstering their attacking options, and Barrenetxea’s impressive performances have made him a prime target for both clubs. (h/t The Mirror)

Barrenetxea‘s La Liga journey began at a remarkably young age, making his debut at just 16 and etching his name in the history books as the first player born in the 21st century to feature in the Spanish top flight. His rapid ascent continued as he became Real Sociedad’s youngest debutant post the Spanish Civil War.

Arsenal and Tottenham 'locked in transfer battle' for Ander Barrenetxea.
Arsenal and Tottenham ‘locked in transfer battle’ for Ander Barrenetxea.

This season, Barrenetxea has certainly been a key figure for Sociedad, featuring in 22 matches and contributing four goals and six assists. His performances, including notable displays in the Champions League against Benfica, have caught the attention of Premier League scouts. Barrenetxea is a very skilful dribbler with top-class ability behind the dead ball.

Barrenetxea to the Lilywhites?

The Sun reports that scouts from both Arsenal and Tottenham will be closely monitoring Barrenetxea in Sociedad’s upcoming derby clash against Athletic Bilbao. The North London rivals are expected to intensify their pursuit of the versatile winger in the coming weeks.

Tottenham, under the management of Ange Postecoglou, have already been proactive in the January transfer window, securing the loan signing of Timo Werner to bolster their attacking options. The addition of Barrenetxea would add further depth and creativity to their squad.

The number of games he has played for a 22-year-old is absolutely atrocious.
The number of games he has played for a 22-year-old is absolutely atrocious.

Postecoglou himself has drawn parallels between Barrenetxea and Jota, a player he coached during his time at Celtic last season. This comparison suggests that the Australian manager sees the Spaniard as a player capable of making a significant impact in his system, similar to what Jota achieved under his guidance.

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As the race for Barrenetxea’s signature heats up, both Arsenal and Tottenham will be keen to secure a deal for the talented winger who has already amassed 136 first-team appearances for Real Sociedad. The upcoming derby could surely serve as a showcase for the player’s abilities and potentially influence the direction of the transfer battle between the North London rivals.

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