Mourinho cools Tottenham’s ‘intense’ interest in Barca midfielder
Date published: Thursday 12th December 2019 11:31
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will not follow up Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena, according to reports.
Spurs have widely been reported to be interested in bringing the 21-year-old Spaniard to White Hart Lane, with his potential arrival helping to freshen up a squad that has begun to look stale this campaign.
Alena – a product of the club’s famous La Masia academy – has graduated through the Barcelona youth ranks since joining the club as a seven-year-old, but with gametime severely restricted this term, a January move has been touted.
A report in Calciomercato in early November said Pochettino had urged Tottenham to make a move for Alena, while other reports stated that Spurs had made a proposal for Alena.
However, Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) now claims that Alena is close to moving on loan to Spanish side Real Betis despite being courted by Tottenham.
And a another report on Thursday in Sport says that Spurs’ interest was ‘intense’ during Pochettino’s days as manager but their interest ‘has cooled’ since the arrival of Mourinho.