Barcelona have enquired about signing Tottenham pair Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon in part-exchange deals.
The cash-strapped Spanish giants are willing to offer both players a route out of Spurs but only if the Premier League club are prepared to accept players plus cash.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is understood to have personally blocked Barca’s approach for Sessegnon, whose situation is being monitored by a host of other English and European clubs.
Spurs are also unwilling to discuss a move for record-signing Ndombele at present, despite Mourinho’s doubts about the Frenchman.
The pair cost a combined £80million last summer but both will consider their futures at the end of the season if they fear another campaign on the fringes.
Ndombele has played just 19 minutes since the restart – although he could start tomorrow’s trip to struggling Bournemouth – while Sessegnon was left out of Mourinho’s 20-man squad for the past two matches, despite being fully fit.
Mourinho is understood to see Sessegnon as a full-back long-term and has compared him to Ashley Cole, but the Portuguese named untried 18-year-old left-back Dennis Cirkin on the bench ahead of the £25m signing for Monday’s win over Everton.
Sessegnon, who last featured in Spurs’ final game before the lockdown, is said to be frustrated and puzzled by the situation, particularly as Mourinho wanted to sign him from Fulham while in charge of Manchester United.
The 20-year-old declined to speak to a host of other clubs, including United, last summer because he was desperate to play under Mauricio Pochettino but a serious hamstring injury and the Argentine’s sacking in November have resulted in a troubled first season in north London.
Sessegnon will be aware that a strong campaign could leave him in contention for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the delayed European Championship and he is unwilling to spend another season as a bit-part player.
Mourinho has denied reports from France claiming his relationship with Ndombele has broken down but he was critical of the 23-year-old’s fitness and attitude before the lockdown, and has used him just once in four matches since the restart.
Ndombele will also be conscious of losing his place in the France squad and is open to a move to Barca, who have admired the midfielder since his Lyon days.
Barca’s sporting director Eric Abidal has a good relationship with his former club Lyon and is driving the current interest in Ndombele, with the La Liga side also willing to consider a loan if Spurs refuse to sell a player who cost £55m.
It is unclear which players Barcelona would be willing to part with in part-exchange but full-back Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho are among those free to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
Like Barca, Spurs have been hit hard financially by the pandemic and Mourinho has been told he must sell players to raise money for new signings or rely on free transfers, loans and swap deals to reshape his squad.