Blow for Mourinho as Barcelona block sale of €2m Tottenham target

Lucas de Vega Barcelona

Barcelona have ruled out the sale of Tottenham target Lucas De Vega this year, according to reports in Catalonia.

The 20-year-old is on the fringes of Barcelona’s first team, but could have more opportunities at Tottenham.

Reports last week even claimed De Vega is “dreaming” of a move to Tottenham. The midfielder sees a clear pathway from Spurs’ academy into their first team.

However, his hopes of that dream materialising appear to have been blocked by his current club. According to Sport, Barcelona do not want to sell De Vega.

Tottenham made an offer worth €2m for the Brazilian, but Barcelona have told them to double that bid – something they don’t expect Spurs to do.

In fact, Tottenham have not returned with a fresh offer since their first approach was rebuffed.

The reason for Barca’s tough stance is that B team coach García Pimienta considers De Vega an important player for the season ahead.

It is a critical year for Barcelona’s B team as well as their first team. The reserves are in the third tier, and gaining promotion is a key target this year.

De Vega has the experience at that level to help them succeed. He spent last season on loan at FC Cartagena, who won promotion from the third tier to the second division.

Consequently, De Vega looks set to stay at Barcelona B instead of leaving for Tottenham. He seems receptive to the faith they are showing him, and would be happy to stay.

It would be a blow for Spurs, who have been tracking him since an impressive perfomance against them in the UEFA Youth League two years ago.