Spurs have reportedly had a first bid rejected for Chilean forward Ivan Morales after the youngster made an impression on Spurs’ scouts during the 2019 Toulon tournament (La Cuarta via Sport Witness).
Tottenham made an offer of $3m (roughly £2.4m) which was rejected, although the Lilywhites were given the opportunity to acquire 60 per cent of the player for that price.
This would have meant the Chilean team will have had the right to a portion of Morales’ sell-on fee because third-party ownership of a player has been strictly prohibited in the Premier League since 2007.
Mauricio Pochettino appears to be echoing what he did with Juan Foyth back in 2017 – bringing in a south American teenager and developing them into a first-team option at the north London club.
So far, this has been a summer at Spurs that has seen them change their tact when it comes to their transfer policy – going from no signings in 18 months to smashing their record fee on Tanguy Ndombele and threatening to break it again on Giovani Lo Celso.
And because of this, it is a positive sign to see Pochettino still trying to sign young players and, hopefully, blood them into the squad in the same way he did with the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Winks.
It is important that the Argentine boss maintains, to a certain extent, the philosophy which got his team to a Champions League final, given Winks, Alli and Harry Kane all started the match and had developed at Spurs since they were teenagers.
And with Foyth as the prime example of someone who has broken into Pochettino’s set-up in a similar way to how Morales could, the balance of bringing through youngsters and spending big money could be a fruitful partnership for the future.
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