According to reports in the Mirror, Real Madrid are lining up a sensational move for Tottenham and England’s Dele Alli over the summer.
It is believed that the Spurs star, who has recently hit a good run of form at White Hart Lane, is being closely watched by the Spanish side as they weigh up whether to make a bid once the season ends.
Alli, who has scored consecutive doubles against Southampton and Watford over the festive period, has reportedly said that he would find it hard to turn down a huge offer from Madrid.
Los Blancos are currently serving a one-window transfer ban, but will be active again come summer.
What would he bring to Real Madrid?
Much like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric before him, Alli would bring composure to the Bernabeu after acclimatising to the Premier League where teams press a lot more than in Spain.
Alli has a clever footballing brain, able to find an impossible pass from nowhere, but he can also do the simple things very efficiently. His passing is exemplary, and he’s shown how he can act as the engine room in Tottenham’s midfield over his opening 50 Premier League matches.
The 20-year-old also has a natural instinct to be in the right place at the right time when attacking, shown with his double at Watford, as well as a tendency to score sublime goals.
In a league where players often make the most out of challenges, Alli would further bring some hardiness to Real Madrid, more than willing to get stuck into a 50/50 tackle and perform the less glamorous duties in midfield.
With the Tottenham link, it would also get Alli settled in quicker to life abroad.
Is a move likely?
In all honesty, not really no.
Alli signed a new six-year deal at Tottenham only four months ago in September, re-affirming his commitment to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and the 20-year-old is thriving in the Premier League.
In addition to this, a move to Spain could hamper the youngster’s development as part of the English national side, as it’s not a guarantee that Alli would get as much game-time at the Bernabeu due to the number of other world-class midfielders at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal.
The only way Spurs could be swayed is if Isco, who is out of favour in the Spanish capital and has been a point of interest for Tottenham for a few years, is offered as part of the deal.
2/10 – Real Madrid have a track record of signing young Tottenham stars after the acquisitions of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, but it’s highly unlikely that Pochettino will let Alli leave. Spurs are just beginning to compete at the highest level, and for them to challenge for the title in the upcoming years Alli will be a critical part of that.
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