Tottenham Hotspur manager AVB was spotted this weekend at Barcelona B’s clash with Deportivo La Coruno, but whom could he have been watching?
Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas has admitted winger Adama Traore is one subject of his interest at present – the 17-year-old forward currently represents Spain at U19 level and is expected to have a bright future for his country.
He has been developing in Barcelona’s La Masia youth system since he was eight years old and was promoted to the Barcelona B, the feeder team to the La Liga champions earlier this year.
However, other reports suggest that Villas-Boas could in fact be planning to ‘raid’ the Barcelona B team in the hopes of luring their best assets to Tottenham Hotspur to join the wealth of young talents breaking through the reserve and youth ranks and those who signed this summer.
Tottenham spent over £100m, completely revolutionising their squad in an overhaul funded by the move of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world record fee of £86.5m.
Currently, Barcelona B’s best players – the likes of midfielders Sergi Samper, Denis Suarez and Javier Espinosa, goalkeeper Jordi Masip, left-back Carles Planas, and striker Jean Marie Dongou – have little opportunity to break through into the Catalans’ A team and, like former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, could be tempted to move to the Premier League to prove themselves.
According to the Daily Mail and numerous other sources it is Traore and Samper that are most interesting the Spurs boss at present but I suspect Villas-Boas is keen on importing some of Barcelona’s best up-and-comers to White Hart Lane.
I would also expect he would have a strong urge to scout back home in his native Portugal where his former club FC Porto have a fantastic youth academy, often importing some of the best South American talent – the likes of current star striker, Colombia’s Jackson Martinez.
But, for now, it would appear the Tottenham manager has designs for the future – a future that could involve the best of best in Spain.
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