Barcelona are reportedly working on a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli, with Lionel Messi being a huge admirer of the youngster. Spanish website Diario Gol claim that the Catalan giants have reportedly obliged and have begun working on a deal to secure the services of the 21-year-old.
Alli has become an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s project at Tottenham Hotspur in a team already heavily packed with sublime talents. He has endured a stunning rise to prominence since signing from MK Dons in 2015.
The England international, who has grown into one of the hottest young properties on the continent, now appears to have found out his latest admirer in 5-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. It is said that Messi has been influencing a deal with the Argentina international worried about Andres Iniesta.
Iniesta, 32, has shown signs of slowing up in recent months and, despite signing a lifelong contract earlier this month, the Spain international is entering the twilight years of his career. Messi thinks Alli is the ideal player to replace the ageing Iniesta at Camp Nou and has asked Barcelona to do their utmost to sign the 21-year-old highly-rated midfielder.
The Argentine has reportedly been impressed by the performances and development of Alli and sees him as one of the best young players in the world.
The La Liga giants are aware of the need to reinforce that area of the field but know that the bidding will start at around the €100m mark. Alli, since signing for Spurs in 2015, has established himself as one of the best and most consistent players in the top flight under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
With Spurs yet to come close to ending their 10-year trophy drought, Pochettino is aware of the risk that the England international could be priced away. Barcelona are best-placed to sign him, amidst interest from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United as well.
However, Pochettino would be reluctant to lose any player in January as he bids to challenge in the FA Cup and Champions League with the Premier League title far from gone.
Alli, who has faced a lot of flak in the first half of the season for not being effective in games, could be flattered by Barcelona’s interest but should look to stay put at Tottenham for time being and decide on his future after the World Cup.
[Video] Amazing new time-lapse footage showcases pitch and seating areas of Tottenham’s new stadium
Tottenham’s new stadium is towards completion and a new time-lapse video from last week has been shared which highlights the final stages of work being done.
The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.
A clip from the video showcases a section where numerous glass panes are yet to be installed, however, a number of cranes and workers are on the job.
The pitch was installed a week ago and an interior shot displays the grass and the artificial pitch lighting. It is great to see that most of the seats are installed and the LED hoardings across the seating area of the stadium.
Hopefully, the venue will be completed quickly. Tottenham have spent a lot of time away from home with Wembley being used as a temporary ground. We even played a Carabao Cup game against Watford at Stadium MK.
“Star on and off the pitch” – Some Tottenham fans react to Spurs star’s hilarious dance
Lucas Moura seems to be enjoying his season with Tottenham. The Brazilian had a fantastic performance against Manchester United a few weeks ago and was even recalled to the Brazil squad during the recent international break.
The former PSG man has become a starter for Spurs and a recent video was shared by Moussa Sissoko of the Brazilian dancing.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 22, 2018
Some Tottenham fans reacted to the Moura dance and loved every second of it.
AMAZING CHEERFUL SAMBA SPURS TALENT
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) October 22, 2018
Star on and off the pitch.
— ⁴ (@Alderrweireld) October 22, 2018
Happy to be leaving London Stadium dressing room I imagine #WestHam
— Jeremy Palmer (@JeremyPalmer7) October 22, 2018
Who put Mambo No. 5 on? Winks?
— Enter the VAR (@thedarkpav) October 22, 2018
— Alex (@highpressmess) October 22, 2018
He certainly danced his way through Westham on Saturday 😁
— Marc R (@marcrozier1) October 22, 2018
hahaha love you 😁😘
— WanboSports万博体育 (@wanbosports) October 22, 2018
Loved it – putting your name in for Dancing with the Stars 😀
— LadyCP1851 (@LadyCP1851) October 22, 2018
Lucas is Crazy, hahaha
— Ramon Dos Santos (@nomarmsn) October 22, 2018
Thankfully he plays much better than he dances!!!😳
— Des Bennett (@DesBennett5) October 22, 2018
Spurs beat West Ham in a tough London derby on Saturday and will need another quality performance against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.
Tottenham have lost their two Champions League group games this season, and we need to defeat the Dutch team to have any chance of making it into the next round.
Tottenham downplay interest in signing 25-year-old Colombian star
Tottenham have no plans of signing Wilmar Barrios from Boca Junior, sources have told ESPN. The Colombian international had a decent World Cup with the national side and was linked with a move to Spurs, according to the report.
Reports (h/t ESPN) suggested that we had agreed on personal terms with the 25-year-old’s representatives and were preparing a bid for the midfielder.
Spurs were the only club to not sign a player in the summer but the manager was open to signings in January.
The manager was quoted by ESPN as saying:
“In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.
“We couldn’t sign [in the summer] for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign.
“Now January will come and we’re going to try to sign. I think it’s not only us — all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.
“We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club.”
Spurs are in a great position in the Premier League as we are just a couple of points behind the league leaders.
Hopefully, the right signings can help us push on this season and lead us to our first ever Premier League title.
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