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Barcelona have identified an alternative to Philippe Coutinho

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Dele Alli helped England round off their World Cup qualification campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory against Lithuania.

The Spurs midfielder was brought down in the penalty box in the first-half, allowing club teammate Harry Kane to score from the spot to give Gareth Southgate’s side the three points.

And Alli will be expected to play a very big role for the Three Lions in Russia next summer. He might only be 22 when the World Cup rolls around but there’s very little doubt that he’s one of England’s most important players right now.

While England can look forward to at least another 10 years of Alli’s magic, Spurs will be hoping they too will have him for the foreseeable future.

However, it’s probably not too surprising that he’s already attracting interest from top European clubs due to his impressive performances.

SPORT's front page

And it seems that interest has suddenly stepped up a notch.

Alli features on tomorrow’s front page of Spanish outlet Sport with the headline: ‘Objetivo Dele Alli’ - which, of course, translates to ‘Objective Dele Alli.'

They then write: “Barcelona are keen on the 21-year-old Tottenham midfielder as an alternative to Coutinho as they believes he would fit into the Camp Nou, but Spurs plan to offer him a new contract.”

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Good news for Liverpool but bad news for Spurs, it seems.

While the actual report is yet to be published on their website, the fact that it features on their front cover suggests Alli is pretty big news over in Spain right now.

A move in January appears unlikely, especially as Alli would be cup-tied in the Champions League having already represented Spurs this season.

But Mauricio Pochettino and the whole club better start preparing for an almighty battle to keep hold of their prized asset next summer.

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