Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a boost in completing the signing of Sandro Ramirez after Barcelona cleared the way for the striker's sale in the January transfer window. He has been a target for the north London club as they were looking to improve their options up front.
According to Goal, Real Betis were ready to take the 20-year-old on loan this month. However, the treble winners rejected an approach from the Spanish side to help the player make a switch to England.
Sandro last featured for the Catalan club against Guangzhou Evergrande during the Club World Cup on 17 December. He has struggled to make his way into the first team and has dropped down the pecking order at Camp Nou as Luis Enrique prefers Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as his front three.
With injuries to the Argentine international earlier in the season, the striker got his opportunity and started in four La Liga matches this term. However, the player was aware from October that he would not be included in Enrique's plan at the club and Barcelona are willing to allow Tottenham secure his services.
The player, who came up through the ranks of the Spanish giants' youth setup will be sold with no buy-back clause. Spanish publication Sport earlier reported that Mauricio Pochettino had made signing Sandro a priority this month.
At White Hart Lane, the former Southampton manager is relying heavily on Harry Kane to lead his side's attack. Tottenham signed Clinton Njie and Son Heung-min last summer, but the former has been out of action after undergoing a knee surgery.
Son has played behind Kane and that left Pochettino with the England international as the only recognised striker up front. The potential arrival of Sandro could give the Argentine coach more options while selecting his team and improve competition in the squad.