‘D-Day’ is how Catalan newspaper Sport describes Barcelona’s planned move for Tottenham Hotspur target Jeremy Mathieu.
Spurs have been linked with the experienced French defender and after he told Valencia that he wanted to leave the club, Tottenham’s chances of signing him could rest on how talks go today between Barcelona and Valencia’s sporting directors.
“Zubizaretta (Barca’s sporting director) is due to meet his Valencia counterpart on Wednesday to try to advance talks to sign the versatile French player,” reports Sport.
It’s been well documented that Barca have been hunting for an experienced defender after Carles Puyol’s relationship with the Nou Camp giants came to an end.
Barca looked at Chelsea defender David Luiz and Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger but were knocked back in both cases as Luiz moved to PSG and Liverpool rejected an approach for the Dane.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has also been linked with a move to Barca but he’s now £6 million away from becoming a Manchester United player ahead of next season.
To a certain extent, Spurs’ hands are tied because if Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in Mathieu is accurate, he’s relying on talks between Barca and Valencia falling through to have a chance to sign the player and bring him to White Hart Lane.
He’d be a cracking addition to the Tottenham back four because he’s able to play in the middle of the defence and also as a full-back, which gives Pochettino more options ahead of a busy season for Tottenham.
There is room for Tottenham to try and hijack the deal because while Sport suggests a line of communication has been struck between the two La Liga clubs, no offer has yet been made.
“Valencia wants to be strong - as the club submit a firm offer for the player, a proposal that could come today in the planned meeting.”
However, Mathieu seems to have decided that he wants to stay in La Liga and unfortunately for Spurs, the Champions League football and personal terms Barca can offer may be difficult for them to match.