The star of Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 victory over Real Madrid, Dele Alli, is now courting the interest of Los Blancos.
Within the current Spurs squad there is an awful lot of talent and almost every single player stands out, however, the two who receive the most attention are Alli and Harry Kane.
The pair are the club’s crown jewels and it is little surprise that the Spanish giants are keeping tabs on both.
MARCA reported a week ago that the defending European champions were scouting the stars of the North London club, now things have progressed to the degree that the former Milton Keynes Dons playmaker is seen as someone with every attribute to fit in at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
In recent weeks, various members of the football fraternity have encouraged the Los Blancos hierarchy to keep an eye on the 21-year-old.
A bold personality and incredibly gifted on the pitch, Alli has made an impression on both Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez.
Actually signing him will prove to be problematic though, as dealing with Spurs always presents one specific obstacle.
One so challenging that it encouraged Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson to block all contact with the London club.
That obstacle is Daniel Levy, the current chairman and part-owner of Tottenham Hotspur .
He’s gained a reputation for being a ruthless negotiator with very little patience for fair negotiation.
He looks to get the very best deal for his club and will not budge.
To that end, Real Madrid were forced to overpay for Luka Modric, although history has shown this to be a worthwhile investment.
They also paid a fee just shy of the world record for Gareth Bale in 2013.
After Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both arrived in Paris for fees upwards of 100 million euros, it seems inevitable that Levy would demand an equally high fee for his star players.
Zinedine Zidane has been careful for the club not to become involved in any of the transfer auctions in the last two seasons, and as a general rule the president has elected to go with whatever the French coach has wanted.
If he doesn’t repeat the success this term though, it may well be the case that Perez will look to make a characteristic splash in the transfer market.
If so it seems that Alli will be the target.