Spurs could lose out on another manager target as Barca search for Martino replacement

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The North Londoners may be set to have the most exalted of rivals for one of their main managerial candidates.

With little progress being made in Tottenham's pursuit of manager, the club are in dire danger of letting more illustrious clubs steal in and and nab the men they're considering.

Earlier on in the season, it looked like Louis van Gaal was a shoe in at White Hart Lane, with Dutch legend Ruud Gullit claiming the Netherlands manager's switch to North London "a done deal."

Daniel Levy didn't follow up on his reported meetings with the former Bayern boss, and when David Moyes was sacked at Manchester United, all the talk switched to Van Gaal choosing Old Trafford over a move to London.

Of course, at that point Tim Sherwood was still officially Tottenham manager, something that changed last Tuesday when the club fired their former head of development after just six months.

Following his removal, Frank de Boer looked then looked like taking charge at the Lane, even going so far as to say: "When Tottenham are coming, I want to listen, after 3 May, to what they have to say."

But once again, there was no advancement, and there were rumours that Levy perhaps favoured Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

And following Gerardo Martino's departure from Barcelona, it is possible a bigger club might open up for De Boer, not to mention one whose history he was part of.

The Ajax boss had stated that he would consider taking charge at the Nou Camp in the future, and now Oranje's most capped outfield player might fancy his chances of taking over at a club that famously prefer their former players to be in charge.

"I'm happy at Ajax but if, at one point in my career, the possibility comes, I would consider it," De Boer said when questioned on whether he'd like to manage the Spanish giants.

If that point comes in the near future, Tottenham's managerial options may just dwindle further.

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