Tottenham leading the race for the next ‘Antonio Valencia’

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Barcelona youngster Josimar is on his way to London according to sources in Spain, with Spurs the favourites to sign him.

You always have to take the Catalan press with a pinch of salt because they effectively write whatever they like just to try and shift a few copies of various papers.

One of the most popular, a paper called Sport, has reported that Josimar a 16-year-old winger, could be on his way to London over a possible deal to join the impressive youth system at White Hart Lane.

Josimar is an extremely talented player and someone who has also been linked with Arsenal from the capital, which could make it much more difficult for the White Hart Lane club to tie him down on a long term deal.

However, his representatives seem reluctant to let him go to Arsenal because of the fact the Gunners poached Cesc Fabregas away from Barcelona at a similar age, which is something the region never seems to have forgiven the club for.

Arsenal are still blamed for depriving Barcelona and the club’s fans of the chance to develop Fabregas as a person and player, effectively preventing them from seeing him mature.

He personifies all of the typical qualities that any club could hope for from a winger; his pace is electric, his skill is superb and he knows how to control the ball which he’s been taught from a young age at Barcelona.

So why on earth is he thinking of moving? Well according to the same Catalan press sources it’s all to do with, unsurprisingly, money, with English clubs willing to pay teenagers more than they would get if they stayed in Spain.

Spurs have done it before when they signed Giovanni Dos Santos from Barcelona before he reached the age of 20-years-old.

On that occasion things didn’t work out but there are plenty of reasons this could be a very good investment, especially as Josimar is already being compared to fellow Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia of Manchester United.

Tottenham are in a great position to go after this sort of signing because of the success and quality of their current youth system.

There are several other clubs around England who do have solid youth systems but Spurs’ Under-21 side has played some of the best football so far this season at that level, which gives them an edge in terms of convincing someone like this to sign for them.

They are also aided by Barcelona’s policy of not taking players back, with Fabregas an exception, once they have upped sticks and left the club, as the whole Barca philosophy is based around that being a lack of respect and players not embodying the qualities that Barca represent.

If Josimar is definitely on his way to London then Tottenham’s strongest competition is going to more than likely come from Chelsea, unless one of the big Manchester clubs comes into the equation as they are bound to be aware of his quality and availability.

Will he end up at Spurs? What do you think?

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