Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to sign Tottenham star Dele Alli instead of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to reports in Spain.
Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for Coutinho. According to Sky Sports, the La Liga giants believe Liverpool would find it hard to turn down a bid of €100 million (around £89m).
But according to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Barcelona talisman Messi believes the club should pursue Alli instead.
With Neymar reportedly closing in on a huge transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona could be in need of a new world-class forward to make up for the Brazilian’s absence.
Even if Messi hasn’t recommended Alli, there’s no reason the world’s biggest clubs won’t be monitoring the 21-year-old’s situation.
Spurs have insisted no player will be sold for non-footballing reasons this summer. In my opinion, there’s absolutely no way the club will allow Alli (or any other first-team player) to leave in the current window.
If Barcelona do sign Coutinho, hopefully it means they will stay away from the likes of Alli and Christian Eriksen next summer.