As Tottenham prepare to embark on talks which could shatter their salary structure, Real Madrid are lurking in the background preparing an audacious bid for 21-year-old Dele Alli, according to Daily Star reports.
Struggling in La Liga at present, Zinedine Zidane has cast Mateo Kovacic, 23, as sacrificial lamb. Real are set to offer the Croatian midfielder in a straight player-swap deal, a move which Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy will most likely find unappealing.
Having earned a reputation as a shrewd negotiator when it comes to selling his players, Levy prefers cash deals to player swaps. In an inflated transfer market, he would surely be looking for a fee of £100m for the free-scoring midfielder.
With salaries for elite players rising to staggering levels, Spurs are struggling to retain their best players. Levy strictly enforces the upper pay limit of £100,000 per week for players but with others earning treble and quadruple that amount, the club faces troubling times, especially with a new stadium to fund.
The Spanish champions are keen to land a goalscoring midfielder with Cristiano Ronaldo openly talking of a future away from Madrid. Heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford this summer, the 32-year-old legend is now reported to favour a move to MLS and David Beckham’s new franchise.
Alli has 25 goals in his last 56 club matches, an impressive total which Real would expect to see improved in the less physically demanding Spanish League.