Mourinho orders Tottenham escape route for £18m star shunned at Barca

Date published: Sunday 25th October 2020 1:50

Carles Alena, Ansu Fati Barcelona

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring versatile Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena to north London, according to a report.

Alena is one of the most promising talents to have emerged from Barcelona‘s La Masia academy of late. Indeed, he has recently returned to the Camp Nou after a loan spell at Real Betis.

However, the 22-year-old is yet to play a minute since Ronald Koeman took over at the club. That trend continued on Saturday, as Koeman’s side lost 3-1 to great rivals Real Madrid.

According to Don Balon, Mourinho has Alena in his sights as he looks to add to his midfield. What’s more, he had a keen eye on El Clasico to see if the Spaniard had a chance to make an impact.

The report claims that if Alena did not play in that match – as well as in the immediate matches that follow – then Mourinho could be assured that the player’s fortunes will not improve.

As such, given his latest snub by Koeman, Don Balon claims that Mourinho will order a raid for the midfielder.

The Portuguese boss will ask Levy to sanction a deal for the winter transfer window, meaning the manager could get his target sooner rather than later.

Indeed, Mourinho has reportedly noticed Alena’s versatility as a key trait. As well as playing in midfield, the 22-year-old can fill in on the right wing.

As for how much the deal would cost, Spurs must reportedly pay €18million (£16.3million).

There remains ‘disagreement’ at Barcelona over the player’s future, though. Some officials believe Alena should earn his chance, given he is a product of the club’s academy.

However, a transfer is ‘not ruled out’, with Tottenham showing serious interest.

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