Tottenham Hotspur are set to be the subject of transfer activity it seems, with Barcelona hovering around the club as they hope to sign both Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele.
The Evening Standard claims that Barca are preparing a move for the Spurs pair and are willing to offer players plus cash in a deal to land Sessegnon and Ndombele. Players said to be available from Barca include the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic, and Nelson Semedo.
Both players seem out of favour with Jose Mourinho, however, the report does state that the Spurs boss has apparently moved to block Sessegnon from being poached.
However, could Mourinho be missing a trick if he doesn’t pursue a swap deal?
We say that as the former Man United and Inter Milan manager is a big fan of current Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic.
Mourinho has previously lauded the Croat as one of the ‘most underrated in the world’. And despite being 32, it could well be that Rakitic is the man to take Mourinho’s Spurs side to the next level.
Ideal fit, experience in football can mean a lot
Despite the growing clamour in football to sign and develop younger players, sometimes you can’t beat a bit of class and top-level experience. In Rakitic, you get both of those things in abundance.
The midfielder was crucial for Croatia as they made it to the World Cup final in 2018. Similarly, he has been vital for both Barcelona and Sevilla in recent years, playing the pivotal playmaker role to perfection.
A move to Spurs, then, seems perfect. He’d be playing under a manager who knows his qualities. He’d have the chance to help those around him, with the likes of Lo Celso and Harry Winks still in need of improvement.
Yes, Spurs may have to sacrifice a potential young star in Sessegnon. But at the moment, when the club needs a squad to make an immediate Champions League push, it might be well worth the trade if Barcelona will accept it.