Tottenham Hotspur are keen to land out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena in a bid to replace Christian Eriksen in the upcoming January transfer window.
Tottenham have reportedly identified Carles Alena as a long-term successor to Christian Eriksen who is expected to leave the club in January before his contract expires at the end of the season. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is preparing for life after Christian Eriksen and has his eyes set on the 21 year old Alena as a potential replacement for the 27 year old if he does leave in the upcoming window.
Alena is reportedly frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities at the Camp Nou. The midfielder has been struggling for game time at Barcelona this season, with his only appearance coming against Athletic Club on the first day of the campaign over two months ago. The 21 year old La Masia graduate’s development has been stifled by the signing for Frenkie De Jong from Ajax over the summer transfer window.
Pochettino is thought to have made contact with the midfielder in the summer, but was not able to convince the Barca man to leave the Catalan Giants. Alena has spent 14 years at the Catalan club for 14 years and wanted to be part of Valverde’s first-team plans this season. Pochettinho however had decided against an all out attempt to sign Alena with Eriksen failing to secure a move away from London.
Pochettino, whose side have taken just 12 points from a possible 27 in the Premier League this season, has reportedly rekindled his interest for the Barcelona academy product with the prospect of the Dane leaving this winter. The under pressure Argentinian boss however has refused to disclose whether the club would delve into the January transfer market to solve any of their problems.
“I am clear with you. I don’t say yes or no,” Pochettino told reporters after his side’s 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday. “I don’t say we are going to sign or not sign, sell or not sell. It is not the moment to talk, when the time arrives we are going to take that decision in one way or another. Now is the time to stay all together, all of the squad, with the staff and the fans and try and change the atmosphere,” he said.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be pushing a deal while Real Betis are another club who are also in the race to secure the services of the 21 year old in January. The lack of playing minutes has been encouraging the clubs to make transfer offers as far as the transfer window is concerned. The clubs will continue to monitor the situation of the Spaniard ahead of the transfer window reopening in January.