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Tottenham transfers: Levy to shatter Spurs record as move for La Liga attacker to replace 30-yr-old gathers pace

Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Pedri of Barcelona during a training session in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is intent of shattering the club’s transfer record this summer and prising away a top talent from Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.

The north London side are gearing up for what will undoubtedly prove a major summer. The club are on the hunt for a new manager, having parted company with Antonio Conte before his deal was due to expire.

That leaves the club under the interim charge of Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason. And the two men are hoping to mastermind a route to fourth as they look to overhaul one of Manchester United and Newcastle in the race for the Champions League.

The next appointment at Tottenham, though, will be crucial. They are looking to appoint a young, progressive coach, who can play football in a manner that appeases their demanding supporters.

For a few weeks Julian Nagelsmann has long been considered the favourite. However, he has seemingly rejected an approach from Levy, with Tottenham now settling on a new favourite, who is seemingly open to talks.

The next incumbent – whomever that will be – will inherit a hugely-talented, but perhaps underperforming squad.

Spurs are certainly extremely well off in terms of attacking talent. And while doubts linger over the future of Harry Kane, hope remains that the England captain will still commit to a new deal this summer.

Alongside him, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski seem the preferred choice. And with Richarlison also an option, Lucas Moura has seemingly been squeezed out.

The Brazilian is a huge crowd favourite at Tottenham. And he will forever retain cult status after his Champions League semi-final hat-trick against Ajax in 2019.

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Levy wants Ansu Fati to replace Lucas Moura

However, the 30-year-old’s deal is due to expire this summer and a free-transfer exit looks on the cards.

He is wanted back in Brazil by his first club, Sao Paulo. The Brazilian giants, though, will struggle to finance his wages. And that means a move to either the United States or Saudi Arabia will likely beckon instead.

Wherever he ends up, he will leave with Tottenham’s best wishes but with a fairly sizeable hole to fill.

Reports in Spain, however, claim Levy has already decided on Lucas’ successor.

And according to Sport, Spurs are ready to make Ansu Fati the most expensive signing in their history.

They state that so eager is Levy to bring the 20-year-old to north London that they are ready to shatter their transfer record for him.

That currently stands at the £60m paid to Everton last summer to Richarlison. And the fee for the seven-times Spain star Fati will likely surpass that, albeit not by much.

Barcelona are seemingly willing to part with their La Masia academy product, and will discuss his sale with interested parties this summer.

He has featured in 41 games across all competitions this season. However, strong competition for places means he has been restricted to just 1524 minutes so far.

That has led to his father hitting out at Barcelona, with some choice words over his lack of playing time.

And with Jorge Mendes already getting involved, together with Barcelona’s difficult financial status, a parting of ways seems highly likely.

The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal are also reportedly keen. However, their priorities lie elsewhere and a move to Tottenham now appears the most likely outcome.

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