Tottenham reportedly want two Barcelona misfits, only one could be Dembele's successor

Barcelona's midfielder Rafael Alcantara (L) and Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes take part during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan...

Tottenham Hotspur continued to be linked with both Andre Gomes and Rafinha.

Barcelona's midfielder Rafael Alcantara (L) and Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes take part during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan...

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Tottenham Hotspur are trailing Arsenal in the race to sign Barcelona's Andre Gomes – but he isn't the only Camp Nou outcast to be linked.

Gomes, 25, was expected to become Barcelona's next midfield star when he joined from Spanish rivals Valencia in the summer of 2016, but he has failed to impress under Luis Enrique or Ernesto Valverde.

The Portuguese ace started just six league games last season as Valverde made it abundantly clear that he wasn't fancied, and his lack of football saw him miss out on a World Cup spot with Portugal.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona conducts the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou stadium on April 15, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

A move seems inevitable, and whilst Tottenham are in the market for another midfielder this summer, one of Gomes' Barcelona teammates may actually be a better option.

SPORT recently claimed that Brazilian midfielder Rafinha is set to leave Barca this summer, and with Inter seemingly choosing not to activate their purchase clause after a successful loan spell, Tottenham are allegedly looking to pounce.

Rafinha, also 25, hit two goals and three assists in 17 games for Inter in the second half of last season, and given what Spurs are looking for, he makes more sense than Gomes.

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,...

Questions linger over Mousa Dembele's future, meaning boss Mauricio Pochettino should be looking to bring in a midfielder who can carry the ball and drive through midfield, with a left-footer potentially preferred in order to offer balance.

Rafinha ticks all those boxes, and whilst he has had injury problems over the years, his impact with Inter shows that he has great talent when given consistent playing time – and it would be much easier for Spurs to plug him into Dembele's role than attempt to shoehorn Gomes there, or alter Tottenham's style of play to fit the passer into midfield.

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