Boca Juniors president comments on Tottenham-linked Wilmar Barrios

Daniel Levy (R) looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are heavily linked with the Colombian.

Boca Juniors' midfielder Wilmar Barrios (L) vies for the ball with Racing's forward Lautaro Martinez during the Superliga first division tournament match at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos...

The president of Boca Juniors has told Bola VIP that he will not be selling Tottenham Hotspur-linked Wilmar Barrios until 2019 at the earliest.

Tottenham are reportedly very interested in signing the Colombia international, who showcased his talents during this summer's World Cup in Russia.

According to Marca, the Colombian edition, Spurs have already contacted the player's family about the prospect of him moving to North London in the coming weeks, while the 24-year-old told Ole on Friday he has heard that fans of the Lilywhites want to see him join.

All the signs were pointing toward a move to Tottenham....until now.

Daniel Angelici, president of the Argentine giants, suggested to Bola VIP that he is willing to sell Barrios, but not until 2019.

On the speculation, Angelici said: "I am willing to sit down and answer them all, but the player is going [with us] until 2019. Nobody is leaving now."

Boca Junior's player Wilmar Barrios (R) vies for the ball with Defensa y Justicia's Fernando Marquez during their Argentina First Division Superliga football match at La Bombonera stadium...

A thinly-veiled message?

On the surface, it looks like Angelici is playing hard ball, or it could merely be a tactic to force Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to up his price.

By January, Barrios, worth a reported £25 million, will have only 18 months left on his contract and therefore his value will have potentially dropped by quite a bit.

Having just impressed on the biggest stage of all, his value isn't going to get any higher than this by virtue of the fact that he doesn't play in Europe, so keeping him for another six months does not make a great deal of sense if Angelici plans to sell him anyway.

His comments come across as a bluff and it seems unlikely that somebody of Levy's nous will fall for it.

Daniel Levy (R) looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.

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