Daniel Levy is no stranger to a shrewd transfer bargain and recent reports emerging from Argentina suggest that he is lining up another cut-price swoop.
Indeed, according to journalist Luis Fregossi (via 90min.com), Tottenham have agreed to sign Wilmar Barrios from Boca Juniors in a deal worth £20 million.
There has been no official announcement from either party as of yet but it’s worth noting that Tottenham have been linked with a move in the past and, with Mousa Dembele available to sign a pre-contract as of January 1st, the move would make perfect sense.
Boca Juniors signed Barrios for just £2.34 million in 2016 so they would make a healthy profit on their investment if the reported deal goes through, but in the modern economic climate he would represent something of a bargain for Spurs in their bid to replace Dembele.
With the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Frenkie de Jong expected to command extortionate price-tags well in excess of the club-record fee Tottenham paid to secure Davinson Sanchez in 2017, Barrios represents a financially appealing alternative.
But with no previous experience in European football Barrios would still represent a gamble for Spurs and in reality it’s a deal which lacks the necessary ambition to help Pochettino take the club to the next level.
Pochettino has handled Tottenham’s questionable transfer policy with the utmost class and professionalism in 2018, but he will have legitimate reason to question whether his ambition is mirrored by Levy if Barrios eventually signs.
It’s not as if Barrios’s arrival would push Pochettino towards the exit door, but eventually self-interest will come into play and without adequate investment from the top the Argentine will struggle to fulfil his ambitions of clinching silverware with the Lilywhites.
Tottenham’s failure to match the level of ambition which their rivals consistently demonstrate in the transfer market is bound to frustrate Pochettino, and the signing of a relatively unproven player who is far from the new kid on the block at 25-years-of-age is only likely to compound his frustration.
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