Tottenham favourites to sign Barca wonder kid – report

Tottenham are reported to be heading the list of suitors for Spanish Under 21 international Sandro Ramirez, although Newcastle United and Stoke City have also reportedly shown an interest, according to Sport.

Tottenham are believed to be leading the race for the striker, having previously purchased young talent from the Catalonian club.

Spurs signed Giovanni Dos Santos in 2008 and Cristian Ceballos in 2011. However, neither of them have reached their potential at White Hart Lane, with Dos Santos currently playing for Villarreal in La Liga.

Ramirez has had a breakthrough season into the Barca first team as he has made ten appearances in La Liga and the Champions League, scoring three times with all those appearances coming from the bench.

Ramirez is set to have a bright future ahead of him, regardless if he stays at Barcelona or if he leaves in the summer.

Should he depart, it would seem a loan move would be most likely, as Barca are keen to keep the youngster long-term, but a temporary move could help his development.

It would seem the move would suit both parties, as Spurs are looking to offload Emmanuel Adebayor this summer and so a replacement will be needed, with a loan move financially better as no transfer fee would be required.

Would Sandro Ramirez be a good signing for Spurs?

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Chelsea’s hopes of OUTRAGEOUS £200m transfer dead and buried

Chelsea‘s chances of completing the most outrageous transfer of all time are completely over as their reported £200 million transfer target, Lionel Messi, is fully focused on life with FC Barcelona.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner had a slow start to the season after injuries affected his summer after his World Cup final disappointment in Brazil.

Chelsea came in as favourites to sign the 27-year-old striker, according to the Express, after his high-profile spat with Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, but they stalled on a January offer due to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rulings.

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Messi has now put uncertainty behind him and is happy with Barcelona in Spain, he told fcbarcelona.com. 

“I was inconsistent last season. I was out for a while due to injury, missing quite a few games,

“When I came back I didn’t feel right. It was a year that I have tried to quickly forget to try and get back to my best through hard work, smiling and effort, like I always have and now, fortunately, I feel very good.”

Messi has netted 34 league goals in 31 appearances so far this season and is on track to help Barca secure yet another league title.

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The Argentine superstar will be in action on Wednesday evening as he will be under the spotlight once again as Barcelona face Paris Saint-Germain in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

Any hopes of seeing Messi move to the Premier League with Chelsea look to be over as a move away from Camp Nou looks to be extremely unlikely.

Is a £200 million move for Lionel Messi too hard to believe?