According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Tottenham Hotspur and Valencia will try and tempt talented midfielder Sergi Roberto away from the Nou Camp this summer – either on a permanent basis or loan.
The 23-year-old, who has played more than 100 games for Barcelona B, has been used sparingly by Luis Enrique and it’s believed Spurs will try and tempt him with regular first team football in the Premier League.
If Mauricio Pochettino is to move for the talented midfielder then it could leave question marks over the future of a number of players currently in the squad, especially the younger ones.
We take a look at three players that could be affected, if Roberto was to sign for Spurs in the summer.
The England international is very similar to Roberto in the way he plays and any move for the Barca youngster is likely to affect the game time he can expect next season, if the Spaniard was able to take an immediate step into first team contention.
After initially impressing this season, Mason is learning that keeping a high level of performance up in the Premier League is a very difficult task.
After impressing out on loan and for England’s under-21s, few will argue that Carroll deserves the same chance in a Spurs shirt that Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have been given this season.
Like Mason, any move for Roberto is likely to see his expected game time diminish and could even spell the end of his Spurs career before it’s even properly begun. It would be a huge shame to overlook a player who is quite clearly very talented.
Although the Brazilian is one that is likely to leave the club this summer, another body into the squad would all but confirm the experienced defensive midfielder’s exit.
The 26-year-old has been used 14 times in the Premier League this season and has failed to show himself in a positive light more often than not, despite recent improvement.