Tottenham's bid to land highly-rated transfer guru damaged - because of Barcelona

Barcelona's sacking of Andoni Zubizarreta could hurt Tottenham's bid for Sevilla sporting director Monchi.

The chaos at Barcelona continues.

After the highly publicised exit of president Sandro Rosell and the transfer ban until January 2016, Barcelona have now moved to sack bumbling sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Fans have been calling for Zubizarreta's head for some time now, and it's hard to argue with it. 'Zubi' is the man who oversaw the £16m signing of Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal, who is yet to even play a game for the club, whilst there are a number of other errors the former goalkeeper has made.

He's paid for that with his job, and after his assistant Carles Puyol left the club, rumours are rife that manager Luis Enrique could also be sacked.

With the presidential elections coming last this year, the club is in a real state of flux, and it could have ramifications for Tottenham.

Electoral candidate Agusti Benedito wants to make Monchi the new sporting director at the Camp Nou, with the Spaniard earning a reputation from his time with Sevilla.

Monchi is credited with the signings of a host of top players since his appointment in 2000; Dani Alves, Federico Fazio, Martin Caceres, Adriano, Seydou Keita, Gary Medel, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Ivan Rakiti, Julio Baptista, Alvaro Negredo and Luis Fabiano to name just a few.

Monchi has also overseen the promotion of a host of youth team players, including Alberto Moreno, Sergio Ramos, Jose Antonio Reyes and Jesus Navas.

That records have attracted plenty of interest, and Tottenham were believed to be interested in bringing Monchi to England as a replacement for Franco Baldini.

Mauricio Pochettino's men are placing a strong emphasis on young players and calculated signings, which are two areas where Monchi has excelled with Sevilla.

However, it's reported that Monchi's dream is to work with Barcelona, and if he's offered the chance to replace Zubizarreta, it's likely that he'd take that job over any approach from Tottenham.

That's a blow for Spurs, but there will no doubt be a host of other names being considered by Daniel Levy when it comes to appointing a new technical director, though head of recruitment Paul Mitchell could well take on a more prominent role as a result.

Even without Monchi, there are lessons Tottenham can learn from his success; put faith in young players and work the foreign markets well - which Pochettino has already shown he can do.

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