Tottenham round-up: Midfielder to join in January; Dutch legend on Kane; European squad announced
His situation may have been one of the strangest things to surface on transfer deadline day but Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will join up with Tottenham in January, according to the Daily Star.
The report claims that the 23-year-old turned up at Chelsea to undergo a medical ahead of a £35 million move late on Thursday but, half-way through it, Barkley allegedly changed his mind.
Yet, contrary to these claims, Barkley himself tweeted that he didn’t go anywhere for a medical, denying links of a move to Chelsea just days after Everton rejected a £25 million offer from the Blues.
And after Chelsea failed in their efforts to sign him during the summer window it is now believed that he will complete a move to Tottenham once the January window opens in four months’ time.
The England international will be entering the final six months of his contract at Goodison Park at that point and the north London side are poised to pounce and secure a cut-price deal for Barkley.
Away from the transfer market and back to the real action, former Manchester United and Holland international Ruud van Nistelrooy has heaped some heavy praise on Tottenham forward Harry Kane.
In an interview with the Mirror, Van Nistelrooy said that the England international has a born sense of leadership in his play and should be a natural choice for the domestic and international captaincy.
He said: “Harry Kane to me looks like a great professional, somebody who works hard to get the maximum out of himself. He shows that out on the pitch.
“I think for Spurs he is a great player, a leader as well. That also goes for England. Added to that of course he is a great goal-scorer. He is a true number nine – a strong and forceful centre-forward who is always a reference point during the build-up play.”
Kane scored twice on Friday evening as England laboured to a 4-0 win over minnows Malta in their 2018 World Cup qualifier, and he’s expected to lead the line for Gareth Southgate again on Monday.
And lastly, Vincent Janssen and Erik Lamela have both been left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s Champions League squad for the upcoming group stages after the announcement was made today.
Janssen failed to score in five Champions League appearances last season – and scored just twice across 27 Premier League matches – following his £17 million arrival from AZ Alkmaar last summer.
The deadline day arrival of Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente has clearly pushed the 23-year-old further down the pecking order, with Pochettino set to prefer the Spaniard as an option over Janssen.
Lamela has been suffering from a long-term hip problem since the beginning of last season, not featuring since October 2016, and it’s unlikely that he’ll be making a first-team return anytime soon.
In terms of notable inclusions, all five of Tottenham’s recent summer signings – Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez and Llorente – have made the cut for the group stage squad.
Tottenham have arguably been handed the ‘Group of Death’ this season, with holders Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia standing between them and the knock-out stages next year.