Tottenham have emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic, according to reports in Spain.
Last week we relayed a Mundo Deportivo story that claimed Jose Mourinho has asked the Spurs hierarchy to look into buying Rakitic this summer. And now, the same Spanish newspaper is reporting that the Londoners have moved ahead of the midfielder’s former club Sevilla in the battle to acquire his services.
Mundo Deportivo believes Rakitic could be tempted to join Tottenham because his trusted representative, Arturo Canales, is London-based. The report also raises the possibility of Tanguy Ndombele moving in the other direction.
A recent Sky Sports story suggested Barcelona are willing to offer defenders Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo in exchange for Ndombele, but Mundo Deportivo are hinting the Catalans may now be willing to include Rakitic in a part-exchange deal instead.
It makes sense that Spurs will be less reluctant to accept an offer for Ndombele if they receive a top-class midfielder in return, although the defence is arguably in greater need of additions.
In any case, the Telegraph claims Ndombele wants to remain at Tottenham, while Daniel Levy is apparently keen to keep hold of him. How this affects Rakitic’s future remains to be seen.