Report: Antonio Sanabria told to join another team by Barcelona, Tottenham may have to pay £16.6m asking price

Antonio Sanabria at Barcelona

The Paraguayan has been told by his former club they will not be signing him, as Spurs loom.

Antonio Sanabria at BarcelonaAntonio Sanabria at Barcelona

Reports in Spain have suggested that Barcelona have told one of their former talents to head to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

The player in question is Paraguayan striker Antonio Sanabria – who has been heavily linked with Spurs in the media recently.

Sporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goalSporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goal

The report from Sport suggests Barcelona, who have a buy-back option for the Roma owned player, have told him he would be better off at Tottenham rather than heading back to Barcelona.

The report suggests Barca’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez told him to accept an interesting offer if it came up, as Barcelona would not be able to offer him regular football.

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Sanabria spent four years on the books at Barca before joining Roma in 2014, via a short stint at Sassuolo. He spent last season on loan at Sporting Gijon – scoring 11 goals in 31 games.

The report also suggests that Roma could want as much as €20 million (£16.6 million) for the player.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Sanabria is said to be keen on a move to Spurs, as he is a fan of manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham are looking to increase their striking options ahead of next season, after finding themselves short of options at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

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