Barcelona tipped to launch £100m Spurs raid for Dele Alli

Spanish giants are on the lookout for a big name replacement after selling Neymar

Dele Alli, Spurs
Tottenham and England midfield star Dele Alli
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Not surprisingly given the riches now at Barcelona's disposal after selling Neymar to PSG for £198m there is all manner of speculation about how they'll spend their fortune.

Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Lemar are two names mentioned over the weekend, but the Sunday Express adds a third one - Tottenham and England star Dele Alli.

The paper claims that Spurs "are bracing themselves for a shock move" from the Spanish giants for their midfield maestro and it's even suggested that they have been tailing Alli for the best part of a year. Although Spurs have made clear they have no intention of selling their star asset the fact remains the club is stretched financially after renovating White Hart Lane, and an eye-watering offer from Barcelona in the region of £100m would be tough to turn down.

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In addition, Alli "is well down the pecking order at White Hart Lane when it comes to wages" and the Express says that Barcelona now have the financial firepower to tempt him to making the move to the Camp Nou.

And there's more bad news for Spurs fans in The Sun with the paper's claim that Bayern Munich are "ready to test Tottenham’s mettle" with a £50m bid for England midfielder Eric Dier.

Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti is an admirer of the versatile playmaker and he is preparing to table a huge offer in the next month. Manchester United made a play for the 23-year-old Dier earlier in the summer but that came to nothing. Ancelotti, however, is quietly confident that Tottenham will be persuaded to sell to a non-Premier League club, particularly if an irresistible sum is put on the table.

But is Ancelotti's confidence misplaced? Having already sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City this summer, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is "reluctant to let another star leave" in case it gives the impression they are now little more than a feeder club.

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