Report: Spurs battling Barcelona and Bayern for Joaquin Ardaiz; parents worried about speculation

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Danubio's Joaquin Ardaiz.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

According to Calcio Mercato, Tottenham Hotspur are battling Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the race to sign Danubio teenager Joaquin Ardaiz.

Spurs have built up a real reputation for developing young players under Mauricio Pochettino, and whilst the focus will be on developing homegrown players such as Harry Winks and Cameron Carter-Vickers, bringing in youngsters from abroad will also be important.

Young players around the world are regularly being linked with moves to White Hart Lane, and another player can be added to the list in Danubio's Joaquin Ardaiz.

Calcio Mercato report that Tottenham are keen to sign Ardaiz, but face competition from Champions League giants Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Ardaiz, 18, has emerged as one of the top young talents in Uruguay, and despite being a teenager, he's already hit four goals in 21 appearances for Danubio.

The 6ft 1in striker has also found the net four times in 12 caps for Uruguay's Under-20's, and having been tipped for a bright future, clubs around Europe are believed to be interested in signing him.

General view of a flag outside the stadium before the game

Whilst Tottenham are reportedly battling Barcelona and Bayern, it's claimed that Ardaiz's parents are concerned about the intense speculation surrounding his future, and have asked Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez to offer advice on the situation.

Securing a young striker to develop alongside Kazaiah Sterling and behind Harry Kane could be a smart move for Spurs, especially when it's one tipped for stardom like Ardaiz, but with major interest, they face a fight to land him.

Fans will be aware of the mixed bag of Uruguayan strikers in the Premier League; Luis Suarez was a hero at Liverpool, but Diego Forlan was a major flop at Manchester United, whilst the last striker tipped for greatness as a youngster in Uruguay – Bruno Fornaroli – is currently playing in Australia having struggled in Europe, meaning he's a cautionary tale for Ardaiz.

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