By Will Butcher
Tottenham are keeping tabs on Valencia youngster Rafael Mir but could face competition from Scottish champions Celtic, according to a report.
Spanish publication Super Deporte claim that the 19-year-old has caught the eye of talent spotters from north London who have been tracking his development in Valencia’s youth side.
It is believed that the versatile forward has a release clause of just £6.7million with the Spanish outfit, after impressing both Spurs and Celtic last season in the UEFA Youth League.
However, this could increase to up to £25.1million if he makes two more senior appearances of more than 45 minutes for Valencia.
Mir started attracting interest after the youth version of the Champions League last season, where he scored six goals and provided three assists.
Spurs are now reportedly keen to sign the 19-year-old wonderkid, while Celtic could rekindle their interest in Valencia’s rising star who has a contract until the summer of 2018.
Mir has scored eight goals from his favoured position on the right flank this season in Valencia’s youth side, as well as making five senior appearances for Valencia.
The report claims Valencia have not entered contract talks with Mir despite only having a year remaining on his current contract, despite rejecting offers in the January transfer window.
Football Insider verdict:
One of the hottest properties in Spanish football, Mir would be an absolute bargain at less than £7million if brought to north London in the summer transfer window. The forward has shown undeniable amounts of promise in Los Che’s youth sides, and his form has seen him break into Valencia’s senior team despite plenty of competition from the likes of Simone Zaza, Munir and Nani. However, the signing of Mir could spell the end of youngster Georges N’Koudou’s spell at White Hart Lane, as the former Marseille wingers struggles to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.
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