Wilmar Barrios ticks plenty of boxes for Tottenham Hotspur this summer

As reported by The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios this summer.

What’s the story?

If Tottenham Hotspur are finally going to reach their potential as a team that can compete for the English Premier League title next season then they need a strong summer transfer window.

There’s work to be done to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, with the central midfield areas likely a priority after a middling 2017/18 in that department.

One player that could be arriving in London is Boca Juniors man Wilmar Barrios.

That’s according to The Sun, who say the enforced is on Pochettino’s transfer wishlist, with the Argentinian set to scout him at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The paper say that Spurs are weighing up a £25m offer, which could spell the end for players like Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier, who perform similar defensive roles in the heart of Pochettino’s midfield.

Who is he?

Signing for Boca Juniors from his homeland in 2016, the 24 has gone on to make almost 50 appearances for Argentinian giants and has emerged as one of the most effective defensive midfielders in the top-flight.

Averaging three successful tackles and three interceptions every match, according to WhoScored.com, it’s clear he’s a player who isn’t afraid to get stuck in.

Those are averages higher than every player in the Tottenham squad currently, demonstrating that Barrios can add a new physicality and aggression to Pochettino’s midfield.

The fact he is a compatriot of the highly-rated Davinson Sanchez is another bonus, with the development of the central defender key for Spurs over the next few seasons.

Also affordable at the reported £25m, he’s a player that ticks plenty of boxes for Spurs this summer and they should move quickly to ensure a stand-out World Cup doesn’t interfere with their intentions to sign him.