Wilmar Barrios and Tottenham claims won’t die, despite denials from the English club of interest.

In October it was again claimed that Spurs have an agreement in place to sign the midfielder. That agreement would be with his entourage and there’d been no actual offer made to Boca Juniors, according to the reports.

Marca then stated, when covering Real Madrid interest, that Spurs had been ‘first to submit an offer’, pushing them ahead of interest from Spanish clubs.

That offer could well have been to those representing the player, rather than Boca.

Looking at the Copa Copa Libertadores final from the weekend, AS stated that Barrios is ‘coveted by Real Madrid and Tottenham’, pushing the interest along. The Spanish newspaper explained the weekend game was a perfect opportunity for European club scouts, and therefore a test for players.

The first leg of the final provided a chance for scouts, and fans, to watch Barrios and others in a really high pressure match.

After Saturday’s kick-off was postponed until Sunday because of bad weather, the tension only served to build more. Barrios didn’t wilt, with the 25 year being one of the best players on the pitch, playing in a central role for Boca Juniors.

Argentine newspaper Ole rated Barrios 8/10, with only Boca goalkeeper Agustín Rossi rated more highly.

That was certainly a test pass for the Colombian midfielder, and will only help to increase interest.