Pep Guardiola is ready to break the world transfer record to secure the signing of Dele Alli from Tottenham, according to The Express.
Since joining Spurs from MK Dons in 2015, Dele Alli has managed to develop himself into one of the best young players on the planet, and has attracted the interest of numerous top European clubs in the process. And at the moment, the youngster seems to be on the radar of fellow Premier League giants Manchester City.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola is believed to be a huge admirer of the 20-year-old, who has been in great form this season, having already bagged 11 goals and 2 assists in 24 Premier League appearances this season. The former Barcelona manager is therefore, prepared to do whatever it takes, including breaking the world transfer record, to land Alli’s signature.
Manchester United have been vigorously scouting Dele Alli for 6 months. The club have ID'd him as their No.1 target. Spurs want £100m #mufc
— Vincent Rodríguez (@VRodriguezlaw) January 24, 2017
Man City are well aware that the young Englishman could cost them more than £89 million – the record-breaking amount Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer – but their interest in the Spurs starlet remains concrete nonetheless.
However, the London club will take a lot more convincing if they are to let go of their prized asset, who manager Mauricio Pochettino believes could become the team captain one day.
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Pochettino recently spoke to Sky Sports about Alli, stating: “Of course it is important we have Hugo Lloris, the captain of France, he is an experienced player and can maybe give better advice than younger players. But then we have Dele Alli, with his personality and character, maybe he can become a leader in a few years.”
With Alli very much looking a part of Tottenham’s long-term plans, it is very unlikely that they will let him go anytime soon. But if the England international does become available for transfer, the Citizens would then have to battle it out with the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid for his signature.