Ernesto Valverde cannot have envisaged having such a difficult first summer as Barcelona manager.
The Blaugrana continue to be frustrated in the transfer market. Marco Verratti is still a PSG player despite numerous links to Catalonia, and as it stands, Real Madrid would surely have to be favourites to win La Liga again.
Diario Gol have suggested that Lionel Messi and Neymar have set their sights on one signing in particular, and that’s Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
The 21-year-old has had two sensational years in north London since joining from MK Dons in 2015.
Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping desperately that Kyle Walker is the only first-team star to leave, though Tottenham’s prohibitive wage structure could turn into a major problem.
Alli scored 18 goals last season and that form has attracted Barca, who are preparing a £40million bid, per the same source. It’s almost unthinkable that Daniel Levy would accept such a low offer, but Nou Camp officials may be simply testing the water.
Tottenham’s transfer window has been quiet so far, and they are now the only Premier League club not to make a signing this summer.