Transfer Talk - The Mousa Dembele Replacement

Transfer Talk - The Mousa Dembele Replacement

Transfer-Talk - The-Mousa-Dembele-Replacement
Transfer Talk - Wilmar Barrios - A possible Mousa Dembele replacement

In Transfer Talk - The Mousa Dembele Replacement we look at Wilmar Barrios

Regular Tottenham Hotspur Blog News (THBN) readers will know I promote Spurs looking for gems in the South African market before they become expensive in Europe. It may be there that we look to find a Mousa Dembele replacement, although you can see from the shortlist below there are many options for the position. How many of these will we be linked with?

Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth, Erik Lamela. are in the ranks and The Sun are suggesting Spurs are looking at 24-year-old (25 in October) Boca Juniors defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios, presumably to replace Mousa Dembele, who wants a final pay day and long contract.

ITK suggests that Dembele is unlikely to remain fit for the length of contract he is asking for, but it is believed he fully understands we can not offer what he wants. He is thus is looking to China to wind down his career while he can still command a high wage.

Finding a replacement for him is a priority so you can expect us to be linked with quite a few midfield players.

Wilmar Barrios Video

Wilmar Barrios is a 5'8" (1.78m) Colombian international, he has 8 full international caps, that we have no doubt asked Davinson Sanchez about. He joined Argentine Primera Division side Club Atlético Boca Juniors, who are based in La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, on 25 August 2016 for £1.63 million ($2.2m - €2.26), Transfermarkt now value him at £7 million ($9.43m - €8m).

He was a prospect brought in by Boca president Daniel Angeliciafter being recommended by club icon Mauricio “Chicho” Serna from his hometown club, Deportes Tolima, based in Cartegena, Colombia.

After his Boca Juniors debut, Serna, who was watching from the stands said: “He is in great form, he is made to wear the Boca colours. For a rival to pass him they will have to prance around him twice.”

The Colombian Kante is under contract until 2020 and he certainly shows some Dembele like qualities in the video above. He has been named in Colombia's provision 35 man squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer and has picked up the Coppa Colombia in 2014 and the Argentinian Primera Division title in 2016/17.

Spanish LaLiga side Real Betis are keen to push for a European place next season and boss Quique Setien Boca has sent scouts to see him play.

Spanish news outlet Estadio Deportivo report that Real Betis are willing to pay anything up to £14.88 million ($20.04m - €17m) for his services, a valuation that could well increase after the World Cup. This is probably where the Sun's estimate of £25 million ($33.68m - €28.56m) comes from.

One stumbling block for us is that Boca Juniors officials are trying to get him to sign a new and improved contract to remain at the club. Barrios is aware of European interest in him and the Argentinian club want to place a £22.27 million ($30m - €25.44m) release clause in his contract, although other reports suggest they want to insert a clause of at least £14.85 million ($20m - €16.96m). That is not in place at the moment.

Mauricio Pochettino dispatched a scout to watch Colombia play Australia at Craven Cottage. Barrios stood out. Both Real Betis and Spurs have enquired about him to establish the sort of figures Boca are talking about.

Reports in Argentina suggest Boca appreciate that they can not compete with offers from Europe and they would be willing to accept an offer, but that he could only leave at the end of the year, South American contracts and season run differently to those in Europe. The club have targeted the Copa Libertadores and don't want to lose Barrios while they are still in the competition.

Barriose is central to any Boca Juniors hopes, but he looks just the type of player who would be a big hit for us in the centre of our midfield. This is a connection to take seriously


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1 comment:

  1. The refernce to the South African market in the first paragraph should probably be to the South American market.

    Looks like an interesting player :-)



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