Pochettino sets sights on Barcelona 24-year-old midfielder


Pochettino sets sights on Barcelona 24-year-old midfielder

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Tottenham Hotspur have already set plans in motion to use the money of Harry Kane’s potential transfer to Real Madrid in the summer with Barcelona's 24-year-old midfielder Andre Gomes on the line, according to Don Balon.

Kane has been heavily linked to a move to Stadiu Bernabeu for a record sum of around £200 million, although there have no official bids from Madrid yet.

Pochettino is well aware that it will be hard for Spurs to resist the advances of Florentino Perez. Madrid are experiencing a slump up front and are desperate to reinforce their goal-scoring personnel. And while the North London club are bent on mounting a serious title-challenge and securing their Champions League spot on a regular basis, they might do better to identify replacements early rather than leave it late.

Mario Plaza of Don Balon writes that Pochettino is particularly interested in bringing in Barcelona’s Gomes. The Portugal international has reportedly asked for a transfer this January, believing that playing chance will suffer after the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

And Spurs would do nicely to get their man as soon as this month as transfer target Ross Barkley has already moved to Chelsea. Gomes is likely to cost around £40 million. He has already rejected an offer from West Ham in August, but might find playing alongside Dele Alli and Cristian Erikssen too hard to resist.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17