According to Spanish magazine Don Balon, European giants Barcelona are eyeing up a move for Spurs wonder-kid Dele Alli.
Earlier in the Summer, one or two less than reputable media outlets (not mentioning any names *cough* The Sun and The Daily Star *cough*) reported on news that South American superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar wanted Dele Alli to join the club.
Obviously, we all ignored that as tat, as these kinds of papers have manufactured this sort of waffle time and time again.
However, now that Don Balon has cited a more credible reason for Barca being linked with the 21 year old, and now that SkySports has gone and made a transfer update about it, I’m sort of obliged to let you all know too.
Apparently, Barcelona’s hopes of signing PSG midfielder Marco Verratti are hitting a snag and negotiations are taking much longer than expected.
According to Don Balon, Barcelona’s search for a new midfielder has been a disaster so far, failing to snap up former Spur Paulinho from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande and now possibly missing out on PSG’s 24 year midfielder.
Because of this, the Spanish giants will now turn their attention to Spurs sensation Dele Alli, who scored 22 goals in all competitions last season.
First of all, doesn’t this sound totally backwards? How do you start the Summer trying to sign Paulinho, who couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a banjo while at White Hart Lane, but then focus on Dele Alli as a last resort? How on earth is Alli the footballer you settle with after missing out on Paulinho?
And especially as Barcelona, one of the biggest club’s in the world. These articles make it sound as though there is a board-room full of Steve McClarens at the Nou Camp. It’s an insult to Dele Alli to be a third choice midfielder after Paulinho.
This transfer rumour is just bizarre and I can’t wrap my head around the principle of Barcelona casually turning their attention to one of the brightest upcoming midfielders in England during these negotiations with PSG. It’s headline grabbing, nothing more.
Anyway, that’s the link and it’s a pretty poor one at best. I said this before already when Chelsea were supposed to be making an £80 million bid for the young Englishman; Dele Alli is not going anywhere. End of. Again.