Tottenham should opt for Harry Winks' progression over Rafinha pursuit

Rafinha Alcantara of FC Internazionale looks on during the serie A match between Atalanta BC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on April 14, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Bareclona midfielder Rafinha, but they have a better option at the club.

Rafinha Alcantara of FC Internazionale looks on during the serie A match between Atalanta BC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on April 14, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to bolster their midfield options this summer, as long-serving enforcer Mousa Dembele is likely to depart north London over concerns with the physical demands of the Premier League in his later years, according to the Telegraph.

And manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with Barcelona maestro Rafinha as his latest target, according to reports from Spanish daily Sport. But would he better served giving an extended opportunity to a player already in the ranks at Spurs?

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur trains during the Tottenham Hotspur FC Training Session ahead of there UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match against Juventus at Allianz Stadium on...

Harry Winks is targeting a first-team place next term, after signing a five-year extension last month, and is hoping to avoid further injury woes after having a sensational start to top-flight football thwarted last season.

The 22-year-old's brilliant impact was rewarded with an England call-up in October, but an ankle injury hampered the second half of the campaign, with Winks making just three of his 25 appearances after the turn of the year.

There is no doubting his immense potential though, and Pochettino should be looking to get the player back into the Tottenham team as soon as possible.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gives instructions to Harry Winks #29 of Tottenham Hotspur during the International Champions Cup 2017 match between Paris Saint-Germain and...

His creativity and technical ability is unmatched by teammates in his position and, under the guidance of his current boss, he could become a superstar for club and country.

Rafinha on the other hand has been on the transfer shortlist for Barcelona for a few years now, with the Catalan giants believing the 25-year-old is not good enough to become a first-team addition and, at the reported £30 million, a Tottenham deal does not make sense for another player with a poor injury record.

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