Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has informed the club’s hierarchy that he wants Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli at his disposal next season, according to Daily Express.
Despite knowing he won’t come cheap, the Manchester club are weighing up a world-class bid for the England international. With European big boys Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain vying to be part of the bidding war, a new world-record transfer fee could be on the cards.
Manchester United broke the record when they secured the signature of Paul Pogba from Juventus for £89 million.
However, the north London club have repetitively stated that their prized possession is not for sale. They were on the receiving end of bad spells when they sold former stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to Real Madrid a few seasons back and such mistake is absurd to take place yet again.
Guardiola’s debut in England’s top flight hasn’t gone according to plan and a radical overhaul of the squad is expected in the next transfer window. Besides clearing out his ageing squad and underperformers, he has an eye on bringing in more homegrown players. The 46-year-old isn’t widely known for unearthing young talents but has the capability to snatch readymade stars and turn them into world-class stars.
The former Barcelona boss has star-struck with the 20-year-old, who has already scored 11 goals and laid on 2 assists this term. Five of the former stats were from last month, which got him the Premier League Player of the Month for January.
Considering his tender age, Manchester City paymasters would somewhat think of investing for the future too. The former MK Dons midfielder is under contract at the Lilywhites until 2022 after penning a new deal in September and has shown no desire of leaving the club. Therefore, it’s all down to the club to rebuff offers once the next transfer window unfolds and make sure their star midfielder remains happy.
Last time out, Spurs were defeated 2-0 by Liverpool at Anfield, with a brace by Sadio Mane. It wasn’t a classic by any means and the visitors completely lost the plot till the end of the match. Despite the defeat, it’s not all doom and gloom for Spurs, as they sit 2nd in the league and 10 points adrift of table-toppers Chelsea.