Tottenham are preparing to make Ecuadorian left-back Christian Ramirez their first signing of the summer in a move costing £1.5m, the Daily Mirror reports.
The 17 year old plays for Independiente Jose Teran in his home country at the moment. He already has over 30 top flight appearances under his belt in Ecuadors Serie A and came to the attention of scouts during the under 17 World Cup last year. The youngster earned rave reviews and helped his country to a semi-final place. He is an attacking left-back in the mould of Roberto Carlos.
Under transfer rules a player cannot sign for a European club until he is 18 years old, so Ramirez must wait until his birthday in August before a permanent move to White Hart Lane is possible.
Reports confirm that the Ecuadorian has been to London for talks. However there seems to be some discrepancy. Where the Mirror seems to be suggesting a possible transfer, website Football Gossip dispels this rumour.
“He went to the British Embassy and everything went well” Independiente’s Sporting Director Santiago Morales said, although he stressed that Ramirez was only spending time with Tottenham to gain experience in the Premier League.
“At no time has there been talk of a transfer” Morales added, reports Football Gossip.
Whether the transfer will happen or not, Spurs must be pleased to be making some kind of progress with the sought-after youngster. If Ramirez manages to acclimatise to life in the Premiership and decides he does want to make a move, then Tottenham could be in the best position to snare him.
It goes without saying that Tottenham’s present form this season will help raise the clubs profile and make a move to White Hart Lane much more attractive to prospective signings, especially if they are able to pip Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle to finish third.
Unfortunately the uncertainty as to whether Harry Redknapp will be manager next season or not must have a negative impact on possible signings, and needs to be resolved as soon as possible for both Spurs and England.
If Ramirez is only on trial at Spurs it will raise his personal profile and drum up possible interest from other football clubs in the Premiership and abroad. Ultimately they could end up losing out on the player to a perceived bigger club if they are unable to finalise the deal.
It must be remembered that in the past overseas talent has sometimes struggled in the Premiership. It seems to take individuals varying lengths of time to hit form, with some of course not achieving their potential at all. This may be less of a factor now though, with the massive influx of foreign players in the league.
Whether Tottenham do eventually get their man or not, the mantle of the next Roberto Carlos is quite a reputation to live up to. With players being overhyped as a standard advertising technique it seems harder than ever to separate myth from reality. For me comparison to Roberto Carlos means the guy is good going forward and can take a free kick, but is not necessarily good at defending.
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