Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keen on Tottenham trio Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker but thinks they will cost too much.
Guardiola has revealed he is keen to buy British in the summer and reports are rife that the Spurs trio are on his list of targets if he can get them at the right price.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will not consider cashing in on three of his star players, while the cost involved in trying to lure them away from White Hart Lane is also likely to scare of Guardiola.
“I would like to have English players, believe me, but they are so expensive,” Guardiola revealed.
“I would like to play with English players. When I was in Barcelona I liked to play with locals because they feel something special, but sometimes it is not possible.
The market is the market and it is not able.” Tottenham could still face a battle to keep hold of Alli in particular, with Real Madrid also said to be weighing up a move after Gareth Bale recommended the attacker to head coach Zinedine Zidane.
Rose is also said to be on the wanted list of Manchester United, while Harry Kane is also rumoured to be a target for both Real and Barcelona.