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Tottenham plotting loan move for star once dubbed the ‘next Messi’

The Lilywhites are set for a busy final 48 hours

Tottenham are weighing up a loan move for winger Ansu Fati in the final days of the transfer window as they look to bolster their ranks in the wake of another disappointing cup exit in midweek.

The Lilywhites were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the second round stage thanks to a penalty shoot out defeat to Fulham on Tuesday, and are keen to add more firepower to their ranks before transfer window slams shut on Friday.

Ange Postecoglou’s side remain locked in talks over a move for Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson, with a deal worth around £50m being held out by Steve Cooper’s side but Spurs looking to complete a move for closer to £40m plus add ons.

Now, they are exploring a loan move for former Barcelona wonderkid Fati too, who was handed the no.10 shirt at the Camp Nou following Lionel Messi’s departure in 2021 but struggling to find a place in the side since.

The youngster admitted that ideally he would want to spend more time on the pitch last season, and has been a substitute for all three La Liga games so far this campaign.

“I’m not going to lie. Yes, it’s true that I expected that I would play more,” he told Mundo Deportivo. “I want to play but I understand that the coach (Xavi) is the one who decides, and I have to give my best every day to be able to turn it around.’’

That could be about to change though. Spurs are ready to offer him a way out, and are keen on a loan move for the 20-year-old, though ‘Barça want 100% of the salary covered’ to let him leave in the final days of the transfer window.

Long linked with the Premier League, he is also thought to have been offered to both Manchester United and Chelsea this summer.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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