Losing Wilmar Barrios to Chelsea would be a real kick in the teeth for Tottenham

Yerry Mina of Colombia confronts Harry Kane of England after England are awarded a penalty during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak...

Tottenham Hotspur might be facing competition from Chelsea for the Boca Juniors star's signature.

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The time has now come for Mauricio Pochettino to guide his side to some major honours, having implemented steady progress at White Hart Lane over the past four years.

One area in particular where the Argentine will be looking to strengthen is his defensive midfield department, with Mousa Dembele facing an uncertain future at Spurs.

One of his prime targets is Boca Juniors ace Wilmar Barrios, according to Colombian media outlet Marca.

Tottenham's pursuit of the Colombian ace might not be quite as plain sailing as first thought, however.

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Respected Argentine football journalist Luis Fregossi claimed last night that the player will actually join Chelsea from Boca this January:

Spurs have been chasing Barrios all summer, and the 24-year-old would provide Pochettino with a totally different option in the middle of the park, what with his tenacious, aggressive approach to the game.

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...

He displayed his undoubted quality at the World Cup in Russia this summer, and really impressed for Colombia.

Losing out to Chelsea in the race for his signature would be a bitter pill to swallow for Poch, and it could have a huge bearing on Tottenham's hopes of finishing inside the top four in the Premier League table this season.

Boca Juniors' Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios (front) celebrates after scoring a goal against Estudiantes during their Argentina First Division Superliga football match at Centenario...

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