Opinion

Any move for Rafinha would help Tottenham add creativity outside of the excellent Eriksen

Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are starting to lose patience as no new signings have arrived in the transfer window thus far.

The World Cup is an obvious reason for the lack of transfer activity, but our punters still aren’t happy. Premier League clubs voted to close the transfer window before the season commences, meaning deadline is August 9th giving Tottenham even less time to finalise their deals. With just one week left of the tournament, expect their recruitment drive to begin.

A creative midfielder should be high on Mauricio Pochettino’s wish list. Spurs need to lessen the creative burden on the shoulders of Christian Eriksen and add another midfielder capable of creating a chance out of nothing. One option they should consider is Barcelona outcast – Rafinha Alcantara.

Valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, there is simply no space for the La Masia graduate in the Barcelona midfield following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. He spent the last half of the season on loan at Inter Milan and impressed during his 15 appearances. The Brazilian scored two goals and created three for his new team-mates.

Inter were surely keen to make his stay permanent but instead opted to sign Radja Nainggolan from Roma. This leaves the door wide open for Tottenham to make their move. Barca must be open to loaning the 25-year-old which could be perfect for Pochettino, freeing up transfer funds that can be used in other areas of the squad.

While Rafinha isn’t as creative as Eriksen, he is a much more well-rounded player. He can play in the hole, deeper in the midfield or even as a winger. A loan move with the option to buy makes perfect sense for the Lilywhites.

Tottenham fans, thoughts?

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