Xavi tips Alli to join City

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes that Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Dele Alli will be a Manchester City player if Pep Guardiola has his way.

Xavi was part of Guardiola's successful reign at the Camp Nou, where the 46-year-old led the Blaugrana to 14 trophies during his four-year stint as head coach. And the former Spain international claims Guardiola is keen on replicating that success at the Etihad with homegrown talent. 

The current PFA Young Player of the Year is said to be one of the Spaniards key transfer targets as he looks to build on from a disappointing debut campaign that's set to end without any silverware.

"Technically he is the sort of player that Pep likes, the sort of player that suits the style of game that Pep likes his teams to play," Xavi told the Sun.

"I am sure it is not going to be a player that Tottenham will want to let go, but we know Manchester City have big resources. I speak with Pep, and I know he thinks it is important to sign English players.

"I am sure in the summer he will look also across Europe for players to improve the squad, but also I expect him to look in the Premier League as well.

"At the moment the best English player there is and also one of the best in Europe is Dele Alli. We are looking at a very special player."

Since joining Spurs in 2015 for a reported fee of £5million from League One side MK Dons, Alli has scored 30 goals in 90 games.