It looks like Manchester United are going to have to beat both Liverpool and Spurs in the race to sign Boca Juniors and Colombia star Wilmar Barrios.
According to Don Balon, all three of the aforementioned Premier League clubs are keen on signing the Colombian international, with it also being noted that the 25-year-old is a very similar player to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
Barrios has managed to make himself one of Boca’s most important players in recent years, with the midfielder playing a big part in the club reaching the Copa Libertadores final this year, a match which Boca lost to fierce rivals River Plate.
United are somewhat lacking in defensive midfielders, as the club only really have Nemanja Matic available to play in that role to a world class level, thus it sort of makes sense to hear that they’re keen on signing Barrios.
Given Spurs’ lack of transfer activity in both the most recent summer and winter windows, it’s no surprise to hear that they’re keen on signing players, especially one as good as Barrios.
The Colombian would be a fine signing for Spurs, as he would allow manager Mauricio Pochettino another quality option to choose from in the centre of the park.
Liverpool don’t exactly need Barrios given the fact that they already have players like Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to choose from in defensive midfield, however we’re sure it wouldn’t hurt to have another fine player to pick from in midfield.
It’s definitely going to be interesting to see which club comes out on top in the race for Barrios, with the winner of said race set to get their hands on one of the best defensive midfielders to come out of South America in recent years.