Faith in Harry Winks is a must if Tottenham want to pursue Rafinha

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur shows appreciation to the fans following the Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Bet365 Stadium on April 7,...

Tottenham Hotspur's reported interest in beating Internazionale to Barcelona's Rafinha will require faith in Harry Winks.

Rafinha Alcantara of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 24, 2018 in Milan,...

Reports in Spanish outlet Sport on Monday suggested that Barcelona hope to use Tottenham Hotspur's interest in Rafinha as a way to bring Christian Eriksen to Camp Nou.

Now that really shouldn't be entertained by Spurs on account of losing Eriksen simply being of absolutely no benefit to them but their interest in Rafinha doesn't necessarily have to go away.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur shoots on goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Wembley Stadium on April 30, 2018 in London, England.

It's a complicated one, however, as things are both in and out of their hands; Internazionale, where Rafinha spent the latter half of the season on loan, have a buy clause of €35 million for the player but don't want to enact it and are instead hoping to talk Barca down.

But Barca don't have to be talked down if Spurs are willing to pay the money, and so Spurs' interest does put them in pole position despite not having control of the situation.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur reacts on the floor during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Wembley Stadium on April 30, 2018 in London, England.

The biggest complication could be Rafinha himself, though. The Brazilian feels like an ideal replacement for Mousa Dembele at a time when reports in Italy suggest discussions with Juventus over the Belgian, although his injury record over the last few years don't look ideal for Mauricio Pochettino's high-energy style.

Rafinha has twice suffered a long-term injury in his knees. First, he ruptured his cruciate ligaments in September 2015 and missed 45 games before a meniscus injury resulted in another 39 being missed a little over a year ago.

It doesn't have to be a deal breaker, however, as the risk can be minimalised as long as there is faith in Harry Winks.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scored their sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between...

Relying on a player who is battling an injury himself isn't ideal but Winks' skill set would allow him to be the perfect cover in case the worst happened with Rafinha - he knows the style, can control a game from midfield, and is only getting better.

It requires faith, though. They must believe that he is going to recover and be a viable option going forward or a move for Rafinha becomes a very big risk.

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