The transfer rumor mill has well and truly started up for the summer despite there being so much football still to play.
And the names which seem likely to come up repeatedly in the tabloids are those of De Gea, Rodriguez, Sanchez and Alli.
The last of those has just won the Premier League young player of the year award for the second time in succession and he’s being linked with a move to Manchester City today.
The Sun quotes ex-Barcelona legend Xavi saying that he expects Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to be interested in the services of the brilliant playmaker.
“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.”
“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.
The 21-year-old only signed from minnows Milton Keynes Dons in 2015 but his risotto prominence has been astronomical. He’s now regarded as the best player at Tottenham and even a club of this size may struggle to hole on to the playmaker beyond this summer.
He’s payed 90 games for Tottenham in total and scored 30 goals. That includes a remarkable 20 in 44 games this season. Remarkable figures for a non-striker.
And Ali is now firmly entrenched in the England set up too with 17 caps and two goals to his name already since his debut last year.
This is a player who understands football. He’s a great athlete with superb elegance and composure on the ball, great timing and a player always seems to find space in the box.
He is going to cost Manchester City an absolute fortune but at 21 he would offer ten years of service to the club at the top level.
Manchester City fans: would this be an ideal major summer signing?