Three years ago, Dele Alli scored for MK Dons in their 2 – 1 over Swindon Town. This time next year, the 21-year-old England international could be walking out in either the Bernabeu or Camp Nou, according to Sport.
Tottenham may disagree but the momentum of Alli’s career is heading for the White Hart Lane exit. Daniel Levy, the club chairman, is noted as being a hardened negotiator and has a new stadium to fill. Selling his prize asset isn’t going to help, particularly as the club isn’t noted for replacing its’ best players well.
Real Madrid recently declared their intentions of finding a way to prize Alli and team-mate Harry Kane, 24. Ahead of the recent international in Lithuania, the England captain wouldn’t rule out a move abroad when questioned by the media on the Madrid rumours.
Now Barcelona are letting it be known that Alli is being seen as high value target next summer, with the prospects of signing Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, receding through the Merseysiders intransigence and Paris St Germain’s willingness to enter into a transfer battle over the Brazilian.
With Alli not yet signing a new deal with Tottenham, the chances of at least one of England’s key players moving to La Liga is a very real possibility.
The prospect of a transfer battle with Spanish rivals Barcelona will invigorate the Bernabeu hierarchy, knowing their recent summers have seen Europe’s other major clubs sign their primary transfer targets, leaving president Florentino Perez left with egg on his face.