• Barcelona is reportedly targeting Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon
  • Jose Mourinho is not keen on shipping the two rising footballers
  • Ndombele and Sessegnon have struggled to get playing minutes under Mourinho

Not one, but two Tottenham rising stars are being targeted by Barcelona. Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon are reportedly placed on Barca’s radar as the Spanish giants gear up to chase youth and potential at the expense of some footballers from the club’s pool available to be sent away from Camp Nou.

The English club’s esteemed pair could find their way to Spain if the Spurs found it viable to entertain an exchange deal, especially if Barca offers additional monetary compensation in return.

But more than the club’s distant response to transfer offers for the budding duo, another potential deal dampener, according to Everything Barca’s Nishant Narayanan, is Jose Mourinho’s “personal bias” against the Catalans, whom the seasoned manager used to battle against while manning the sides of Real Madrid in the past.

Ndombele and Sessegnon’s worth is estimated at about $100 million combined. But it looks like Mourinho is determined to keep both players, who both possess undeniable promise in their respective games.

“While Jose Mourinho is unwilling to let anyone approach Sessegnon, the club themselves have opted out of the discussion concerning their most expensive transfer, Ndombele,” Narayanan wrote. “Combined, the two talented footballers cost a whopping 80 million pounds with both looking to plan their futures wisely as Tottenham currently stands below the necessary points to even reach the qualification stages of the Europa League.”

But despite the Spurs’ intention to include the two footballers in their plans for the future, that does not seem to translate yet to each having significant playing minutes on the field.

“Since the restart, Mourinho has picked Ndombele only on one occasion where the 23-year-old played 19 minutes against Sheffield United which they lost 3-1. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Sessegnon is yet to play a single match with the Portuguese coach opting to not even pick him in his squad of 20 for the previous two outings,” Narayanan added.

A promised future is one thing but turning it into reality is another. With Barcelona keen to thrive under the exploits of the younger generation of footballers, then Ndombele and Sessegnon suiting up with the Catalans will still remain a possibility.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho AFP / Lindsey Parnaby