Report: Willian Jose could transfer to Barcelona this week despite window closing

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were in the market for a new striker in the January window after Harry Kane picked up a nasty injury at St Mary’s against Southampton on the first of the month.

Spurs later announced that Kane would likely be away from training until early April as he was to undergo surgery on the ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.

As a result, the striker-less Spurs were linked to a number of centre-forward options throughout the month, although they failed to bring in a replacement.

At one point, it looked as if Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose may be the answer, with Sport Carousel reporting that a €50m deal was ‘very close’.

The Guardian said that Jose had a £59m release clause, while the Telegraph stated that Spurs might be able to sign him for just £18m.

The Standard now claim that Willian Jose could make a switch to Barcelona despite the transfer window being closed.

The report says that La Liga rules would allow an ’emergency transfer’ if Barca inform the competition of a serious injury (Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele) within 20 days of it occurring.

They would then have a chance to unregister a squad player in order to make room for a new signing, but only if a medical commission studies and approves the application for an emergency transfer.

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