Barcelona are eyeing a Premier League midfielder after impressive European performance

  • Kat Lucas
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Tottenham forced Europe's elite to sit up and take notice with their historic 3-1 win over Real Madrid.

Having been drawn in a so-called Group of Death, many were sceptical of Spurs' ability to make the knockout stages of this year's competition, but that's exactly what they've done with two games to spare.

It's certainly shaping up to be another memorable campaign for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

However, as their fans will be well aware, the more this group of players excels, the louder the rumours that they could leave become.

Harry Kane has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, while it would be very surprising if Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen weren't attracting attention too.

The same could be said of Pochettino himself. Even if the Argentine is yet to win his first trophy, there can be no doubt that he's now respected as an elite coach.

Such have been Spurs' achievements that it's not just their more established stars who are wanted by Europe's top clubs, it seems.

According to the London Evening Standard, Harry Winks can now count himself among that group.

The 21-year-old has only ever started seven Premier League games, although that's likely to change given the rate of his progress.

Little Iniesta 

And Pochettino may live to regret calling him his "little Iniesta", with Barcelona reportedly now interested.

The Blaugrana watched him in Spurs' two Group H games against Madrid and were thoroughly impressed with what they saw.

The young midfielder did not look out of his depth against Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Ernesto Valverde is looking for a player of that ilk as he eyes a long-term replacement for Iniesta, who is now 33-years-old.


Barca's sporting director Robert Fernandez was actually at the Bernabeu to check out Eriksen. Instead, it was Winks who caught his eye, playing in a deeper role.

Daniel Levy need not be too worried as Winks is a boyhood Spurs fan and is looking more like a ready-made successor to Mousa Dembele by the day.

His form has also seen him retain his place in the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Germany.

Gareth Southgate raised a few eyebrows when he first called him up, before his man of the match performance against Lithuania showed exactly why he's now in with a shout of making the World Cup next year.

How highly do you rate Harry Winks? Have your say in the comments. 

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