Pep Guardiola knows “it is important to sign English players”, and could move for Dele Alli, according to Barcelona legend Xavi.
Guardiola is facing the prospect of a first trophyless season as a manager, as well as his first campaign finishing outside the top two in the league, after a difficult period in charge of Manchester City.
The Spaniard spent more than any other manager in last summer’s transfer window, and is expected to once again invest in his squad at the end of the season.
Xavi, who is currently plying his trade with Qatari club Al Sadd, said he has discussed matters with Guardiola, who oversaw his most successful period as a player at the Nou Camp.
“I speak with Pep, and I know he thinks it is important to sign English players,” Xavi told the Sun. “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.
“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.
“I am sure he is not going to be a player that Tottenham will want to let go, but we know Manchester City have big resources.”