Craig Burley rubbishes Tottenham Hotspur's Jordi Alba link

Wilfried Zaha of Palace goes past Danny Rose of Spurs during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on November 5, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the Barcelona star.

Jordi Alba of Barcelona in action during the La Liga match between Valencia and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on November 26, 2017 in Valencia, Spain.

Speaking to ESPN, Craig Burley has rubbished the suggestion that Tottenham Hotspur could sign Barcelona's Jordi Alba in January.

Speculation has mounted that the Catalan outfit would be willing to swap Alba for Spurs left-back Danny Rose following a report from El Gol Digital on Wednesday.

Rose is heavily linked with a £50 million move to Manchester United who, according to The Daily Mail, are "confident" of getting the deal done in January.

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Losing the 28-year-old would surely mean that Tottenham would need a replacement, with much-maligned Ben Davies the club's only other option, but Burley isn't buying the idea that Mauricio Pochettino could get the Champions League winner in.

He told ESPN: "Why would he leave Barcelona to go to Tottenham? Champions League winners, La Liga winners, and potential Champions League winners again this year - to join a team who aren't in the title race in England.

Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona fights for the ball with Hugo Mallo of Celta de Vigo during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on December 2, 2017 in Barcelona,...

"They're talking about Rose is going to leave but although they might go for another left-back, I don't think that one's going to happen."

Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona side boast a five-point lead at the summit of the Primera Division and the Spaniard has started 12 of their 14 league games so far.

Alba, who has two and a half years left on his contract, is very much an important player at Camp Nou and it does seem unlikely that they would be willing to offload him.

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