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.
Tottenham's pursuit of the Colombian ace might not be quite as plain sailing as first thought, however.
Respected Argentine football journalist Luis Fregossi claimed last night that the player will actually join Chelsea from Boca this January:
Barrios jugará en el @ChelseaFC a partir d enero del 2019— Luis Fregossi (@LuisFregossi) 13 July 2018
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.
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.
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