By Alex Taylor
Barcelona have paved the way for Tottenham to sign Roma forward Tony Sanabria, according to reports.
Spanish publication SPORT claim that the Spanish champions will not be pursuing the Camp Nou academy graduate even though manager Luis Enrique is fan of the young striker.
It is said that Sanabria’s agent spoke to Barcelona’s technical secretary Robert Fernandez, who encouraged the forward to jump at any new opportunities.
This is a boost to Spurs, who have reportedly tabled a £7.3million bid for the 20-year-old spearhead, just short of Roma’s £9.7million asking price.
Football Insider reported earlier this month that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had personally rang Sanabria to inform him of the north London club’s interest.
Spurs are now set for further negotiations with Roma over a transfer fee for the striker as Pochettino steps up plans to recruit a new front man.
As reported by Football Insider, Tottenham want to provide back-up for star striker Harry Kane, with Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi and AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen among those on their target list.
Sanabria spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Spanish club Sporting Gijon from Roma, where he scored an impressive 11 goals in 29 La Liga appearances.
Sanabria won his first cap for Paraguay at the age of 17, and has since gone on to earn eight senior caps in total.
The South American has been tipped to have a big future in the game and football giants Barcelona, where he started in the ‘B’ team in 2013, are also said to be interested. He has also been linked with newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester before.
Pochettino has been known at both Southampton and Tottenham to give young players a chance, and this could help attract the young striker to London.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have secured a landmark deal costing £28million.