The tricky winger has been utilised primarily as an impact ‘super sub’ (forgive the cliché) for Mexico this World Cup, and has been consistently attracting attention from England. He was particularly striking during the 2-0 victory over France, injecting directness and pace after replacing Carlos Vela. Indeed, it was Barrera that thrust forward from midfield, nipped niftily past incoming traffic, committed defenders and won the penalty.
Currently playing for Pumas in Mexico, the 23-year-old is highly-rated and increasingly coveted. He would certainly be a dynamic asset for Tottenham or Man United. Adept on either wing, Barrera possess remarkable pace, the ability and willingness to take on a full-back, deft control and composure. Though most effective on the wing, his versatility means he could also play off a front man, and he scored 12 league goals last year.
Lazio are understood to have tabled a loan-with-view-to-sign bid (of around €3million), but attention from England has stalled advancement; with Premier League scouts exalting his performances not just this summer but throughout last season.
He could offer a long-term replacement for Ryan Giggs at Old Trafford, but it seems Spurs are also extremely keen and a two-way mêlée looks likely to ensue.
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