According to a report by The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a move to sign Boca Juniors sensation Wilmar Barrios, who has a release clause of just £14.5m. The report further claims that the Argentinian giants are hesitant to let him leave and have offered him a new contract as well.
After all, he is one of their most prized assets. But given the circumstances, it might be tough for him to turn down the opportunity to work with a manager of Mauricio Pochettino’s stature at Spurs.
The 24-year-old is a defensive midfielder by trade but his attributes enable him to contribute to every single area of the field. Over the course of the last season, Barrios scored a solitary goal in 27 appearances across all competitions for Boca Juniors.
His pass success rate stood at a decent 80.9% and the player won an average of 1.9 aerial duels per game. He might be overly aggressive at times but he is a proven ball-winner in the middle of the park – and that’s what should matter for Tottenham.
As far as their midfield options are concerned, Spurs have the likes of Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama but a player such as Barrios would go a long way in strengthening their forces. Furthermore, Dembele’s future is shrouded with uncertainty since his contract will expire next summer.
In such a situation, a move for Barrios could prove to resourceful for Tottenham. The midfielder is quite experienced as well, having played more than 100 games for Deportivo Tolimo before moving to Boca Juniors in 2016.
More than anything else, Barrios would bring about a sense of physical aggression to Tottenham’s midfield. Although Dembele and Dier have forged a strong partnership for the north London outfit, they lack the do-or-die attitude which Barrios often brings to the field.
Thus, regardless of whether Dembele leaves the club or stays put, Pochettino could benefit from making a move for the Colombian. A player of his calibre would undoubtedly prove to be handy in Tottenham’s quest to win trophies.
The ongoing World Cup will be a great chance for Tottenham to monitor Barrios further. Knowing Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, he might not be keen to shell out money on a relatively unknown player right now, but a good World Cup could change all that.
Given Barrios’ exploits for Boca Juniors, it will be exciting to see what he does for Colombia in Russia. Thus, a move for him could elevate Tottenham’s game to the next level.