Manchester City are reportedly set to make a world-record bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfield ace Dele Alli this summer.
According to The Express, the 20-year-old is also a target for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but it’s Spurs’ Premier League rivals who appear set to make the first big offer.
It’s claimed that City see him as a pivotal piece to add to their squad in order to bring long-term success to the club, with Pep Guardiola making a point this summer to bring down the average age of the squad.
Naturally, Tottenham will rebuff any interest in the England international as he forms an integral part of their plans, but it’s reported that City could surpass the £89m spent by Manchester United to re-sign Paul Pogba last summer.
Alli has continued his impressive rise and development this season at White Hart Lane, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists in 24 Premier League appearances.
Along with the likes of Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, he has signed a new contract recently with Spurs eager to get their talented young nucleus of players to commit their long-term futures.
However, if City are serious about revamping their squad and don’t see money as an obstacle when it comes to their top targets, then Spurs may have a difficult task on their hands this summer to keep hold of one of their most prized assets.
In truth though, it’s difficult to see the move happening. As Jose Mourinho noted earlier this week, the days of Premier League clubs taking the best players from their rivals is over, as most are now on more of an equal footing financially and can compete.
Perhaps Alli would be keen on working with Guardiola, but with the future looking bright for Tottenham, it’s questionable as to why he would want to leave White Hart Lane at this stage.