The Mail reported yesterday that Tottenham are considering making an approach for Sandro Ramirez of Barcelona in the January transfer window, having been made aware that he is on the market at roughly £10 million.
He could turn out to be a perfect player for the Lilywhites, and as a young talent with a wealth of potential, the 20-year-old winger is exactly the kind of player that Spurs are looking to bring in to the club.
However, there is one factor in any potential deal that makes Spurs signing Sandro extremely unlikely - the buy-back clause that Barca will insist upon.
The Mail report claims that the Catalan club will only sell if a buy-back clause is included in the deal - much like they incorporated into the transfer which took Adama Traore to Aston Villa.
This is not a positive for Spurs, and Daniel Levy would be highly unwilling to sanction this sort of transfer. He is renowned for his negotiation techniques, and always wants Spurs to get the best of any deal completed, meaning a buy-back would never be accepted.
This would put Tottenham at risk of losing Sandro for a set, and likely small, price later in his career if he starts to play well, meaning the transfer to Spurs would be nothing but a glorified loan deal at White Hart Lane.
Sandro is a player who represents all that Spurs want to become as a buying club right now, but Levy’s harsh negotiating stance is likely to end any interest in him due to Barcelona’s insistence on a buy-back clause.