Carles Aleñá has been restricted to only 45 minutes of action this season with Barcelona and that came in the opening day defeat to Athletic Club Bilbao in August.

The 21-year-old’s situation at the Camp Nou has resulted in him being linked with a move away from the La Liga winners in January.

Over the past few weeks, Tottenham Hotspur have been pushed as one of the clubs interested in the midfielder.

Calciomercato now claims Mauricio Pochettino has asked the north London club’s leaders to try and strike a deal with the Catalan club for the player’s transfer.

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Spurs are active in chasing the Spaniard, but are also aware of the competition they would face from AC Milan. That’s because the Serie A side have shown interest in Aleñá in recent days.

The Italian website reports Ernesto Valverde’s side have asked Aleñá’s agent Ivan De La Pena to evaluate a dry loan deal in January.

Milan could challenge Tottenham in signing the Barcelona midfielder, who has been identified as a target by Pochettino.