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Lionel Messi calls for Barcelona to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli?

Messi calls for Barcelona to sign Alli?
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Lionel Messi reportedly encourages Barcelona to try to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.

Lionel Messi has reportedly called for Barcelona to try to secure the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.

Over the past 18 months, Alli has been linked with a switch to a European giant, with both Manchester United and Real Madrid said to hold a level of interest in the England international.

However, according to Don Balon, Messi wants the Catalan giants to sign the 21-year-old due to the club's ageing midfield, with Andres Iniesta now reaching 33 and Ivan Rakitic turning 30 in March.

Messi is also said to be keen for Barca to bring in Alli ahead of fierce rivals Real, who have recently been linked with a summer move for the player.

Alli has netted 31 goals in 80 Premier League appearances for Spurs, while the former MK Dons man recently netted twice for Spurs in a 3-1 triumph over Real in the Champions League.

However, Spurs remain in a strong position regarding his future, with Alli still having four-and-a-half years remaining on his contract.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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