WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH DELE ALLI?
Dele Alli has fallen out of favour at Tottenham Hotspur under Jose Mourinho. Ever since the Portuguese manager came in, Alli has had to settle for a place on the bench which has made him an interesting proposal for European clubs.
Alli has made seven appearances so far in the Premier League with many of which being off the bench cameos. He’s yet to register a goal or assist in the league and many think he should leave the club in the hopes of raising his chances of making the England Euros squad.
Paris Saint Germain were favourites to sign Dele Alli for a long time, even before former Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino took over at the club. Alli fits the bill for what PSG are after which is an attacking midfielder who can complement their attack which includes the likes of Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe.
The need for a midfielder was heightened after the club failed to sign anyone in the January transfer window and Dele Alli is the number one choice of head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs owner Daniel Levy is known to be a difficult man to negotiate with and was reportedly unwilling to accept PSG’s loan offer for Dele Alli.
Currently, the club have resorted to playing central midfielder Marco Verratti out of position as a 10, however, they’ll want to bring someone in to allow Verratti to play in his more natural position.
Liverpool have also reportedly shown interest in Dele Alli with many believing they’ll be able to bring the best out of him like they did with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Currently the club do not have a creative attacking midfielder and Alli could potentially fill that role.
Signing Alli would allow Liverpool to deploy Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago more frequently in their natural positions and not have to worry about building attacks from deep. Alli would also add depth to the squad which is something Liverpool have shown to be lacking this season.
Fellow Premier League side Manchester United have also shown an interest in Dele Alli despite Bruno Fernandes filling that role at the club. Alli would allow the club to rotate Fernandes more often and rest him before bigger games, however, its unlikely that the club would spend so much on a reserve player.
If Dele Alli is set on leaving the Premier League, he has more options abroad with Real Madrid and Juventus keeping a close eye on the situation. Real Madrid have Isco as their only recognised attacking midfielder, however, his underwhelming performances this season have forced the club to look for new options.
In Italy, Juventus have many midfield options, however, no recognised attacking midfielder which would offer them something different when they’re struggling to break teams down. They have a few players who can play attacking midfield, but it’s never ideal to play central midfielders out of position.
Wherever Alli ends up, he’ll be desperate to turn his form around if he is to be in England’s Euro 2020 squad.