Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has made signing Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez his top priority target in January. The 20-year-old came up through the ranks of the club's youth system before breaking into the first team in 2014.
According to Spanish publication Sport, the Catalan club are willing to part ways with their player in January. The north London club have long maintained their interest in the attacker and are now looking to land him.
Sandro has a €12m (£8.8m, $13.1m) release clause in his contract at Camp Nou. Tottenham are ready to match the player's asking price and are set to hand him a four-and-a-half year deal to join them in the mid-season transfer window.
The White Hart Lane club have already held discussions with the Spaniard after they were made aware that Barcelona are willing to let the 20-year-old leave the club. They are now waiting for Sandro to agree to the terms, which could then help the English side complete the deal.
Tottenham are in contact with Barcelona's directors in order to push the move, when the transfer window reopens at the start of the new year. Luis Enrique has the services of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as his first choice attackers in the squad.
It is difficult for Sandro to compete for a place in the starting lineup, especially when he faces tough competition from the South American trio. On the other hand, Pochettino has Harry Kane as the only recognised striker in the squad after Clinton Njie's injury setback.
The former Southampton manager is aware that it is vital for his side to bring in an attacker as Tottenham look to strengthen their place in the top four in order to qualify for the next season's Champions League. The arrival of Sandro can give Pochettino more options during team selection and he could be competing with Son Heung-min for a place in the starting lineup.
The Telegraph reports that Tottenham will make an approach for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino in January. The north London club made multiple approaches in the summer, which were all turned down by Tony Pulis' side as they were unhappy with the payment structure of the deal.