Tottenham’s hopes of landing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette have been dealt a blow as Barcelona have been linked with the Frenchman.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in at least one new striker this summer to ease the pressure on Harry Kane.
Spurs have been linked with Lacazette on a number of occasions and last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas warned that any suitor had until the end of June to make a move, otherwise the French side would not be prepared to listen to offers.
Aulas’ comments led to speculation that a bid from White Hart Lane could be imminent but as yet it is understood no official bid has been made.
Reports in Catalan newspaper Sport now suggest Barcelona are readying an offer, although it remains to be seen if Lacazette can be tempted to move to Camp Nou.
Barcelona are seeking a new forward to work as a back-up to Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. As such Spurs may be a more attractive proposition for Lacazette, 25, as first-team football would be more likely in north London and they can also offer Champions League football.