Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer window has been one of the most frustrating to follow this summer due to Daniel Levy’s reluctance to finance the acquisition of new talent, but a recent report regarding one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents suggests he can save his summer with a game-changing deal.
According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Paul Pogba has agreed an eye-watering contract with Barcelona worth a whopping £89.5 million over the course of the next 5 years. The report cites Pogba’s desire to play alongside Lionel Messi and his former teammate Arturo Vidal as well as his damaged relationship with Jose Mourinho as the main reasons for his decision.
The deal may arrive as a surprise to supporters in the midst of a calendar year in which Barcelona have signed Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Arturo Vidal to play in central midfield. But Barcelona are hardly a club famed for holding back either on or off the field, so it’s hardly surprising that they have offered terms to the recent World Cup winner.
However, Pogba’s arrival would represent the third central midfield acquisition of the summer so far, so there is no doubt that something would have to budge at the Nou Camp if the Catalan giants can complete a deal to sign Pogba. The likes of the former Manchester City talent Denis Suarez and the regularly-linked to Tottenham talent Andre Gomes would be first on the chopping block, but the added intensity to competition for first-team places could also force Ivan Rakitic to question his future at the club.
The Croatia international has been with Barcelona for 4 years since he signed from Sevilla for a measly £16.2 million, and he has been a regular at the heart of their midfield throughout his time with the club. But at 30-years-of-age and the arrival of three new central midfield players to consider, the time could be right for him to embark on a new challenge.
Enter Tottenham Hotspur: a club who are crying out for the addition of a new central midfield player with genuine credentials to provide a unique creative spark in midfield. Anybody who has ever seen Rakitic grace a footballing pitch with his classy technique and tantalising ability to dictate proceedings will know that he matches that particular description.
Rakitic is also highly equipped to make a decisive impact on proceedings with his desire to get into the penalty area at every available opportunity: 45 goals and 51 assists from 251 La Liga appearances tells you all you need to know about his tendency to be in the right place at the right time. Alongside a player of Eric Dier’s defensive ability, Rakitic would provide Mauricio Pochettino with a midfield partnership of genuine balance which would provide a solid base for the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min to express themselves.
Naturally, the proposed deal is one which seems beyond the realms of possibility considering Levy’s track-record, but the Tottenham chief must consider that opportunities to sign players of Rakitic’s calibre do not swing around too often, so he should keep a close eye on Pogba’s development and be ready to snap up a truly sensational player if United agree to offload their crown jewel.
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