They may have been watched by Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, but two of Barcelona's youngsters have been tipped to shine in Spain.
Late last year, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was seen watching Barcelona B’s match against Numancia, swiftly prompting suggestions that he was casting his eye over some of the Spanish giant’s young talents.
It was not the first time Samper had been linked with Tottenham – with former manager Andre Villas-Boas said to be keen on the defensive midfielder who may only be 19 but who is rated extremely highly in Catalonia.
As is Traore, an 18-year-old winger with supreme talent who was tipped to head to White Hart Lane on loan in a move similar to Gerard Deulofeu’s temporary and highly successful stint at Everton.
But whatever Pochettino’s intentions when he watched Barcelona B that day – be it business, pleasure or a bit of both – it appears Tottenham will not be getting their hands on either player in a loan move or otherwise.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has reported that Samper and Traore are two of the players to be given far more chances in Barcelona’s first-team in 2015.
That is no surprise when you consider their talent – and of course the Spanish side’s upheld transfer ban – but it does mean any club eyeing a temporary move for one of the club’s most exciting young prospects will have to look elsewhere.
And it may be that Tottenham have done just that, with fellow teenager Adrien Rabiot now reportedly on the verge of a loan move to North London.