Tottenham identify Dembele replacement in Barella

According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur will make a £35m bid for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella when the January transfer window opens for business.

What’s the story?

It would be fair to say that midfield is an area of concern for Tottenham, with Mousa Dembele facing an extended period on the sidelines through injury, and Victor Wanyama’s future far from secure.

There are also doubts over whether Eric Dier is good enough to be a regular in that area of the field, meanwhile, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be desperate to boost the centre of the park in January.

According to The Sun, Tottenham are prepared to splash £35m on Cagliari midfielder Barella, although the London club will face competition from Liverpool.

Barella is a two-time Italy international, and despite having a contract with his current club until 2022, is widely expected to leave either in January or at the end of the season.

Would Barella be a good signing?

Born in Cagliari, Barella came through the youth system at his current team before making his first-team debut in 2014.

Despite standing just 5ft 9inches, Barella is an aggressive and tenacious midfielder, and certainly has the engine required to be a success in the Premier League.

The Italian has also scored seven times in his 87 first-team appearances for Cagliari, including one in 12 Serie A appearances this term.

In the current market, £35m is not mega money, particularly for a player who could go on to become one of Europe’s outstanding central midfielders alongside Harry Winks, who is very much the future of the capital club.

Tottenham will seemingly face a battle to sign the 21-year-old, but club chairman Daniel Levy should put his hand in his pocket to secure the deal as soon as possible.