By Tom Blackburn
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he would rather have Dele Alli in his squad than France star Paul Pogba.
Pogba has been strongly linked with Manchester United, but it is expected to cost them £100million to buy him this summer from Juventus, despite him leaving the Manchester giants on a free transfer aged 19,
Talking to BetSafe, Redknapp claimed that in the long term Alli is a better option than Pogba, who will line up for France on Sunday night in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal.
“Pogba is a great player, there’s no doubt about that, but I wouldn’t swap him for Dele Alli,” Redknapp said. “If you asked me, Dele Alli or Pogba who do you want? I’m taking Dele Alli in the long term.”
Alli burst onto the scene in 2015-16 for Spurs, scoring 10 goals and notching 11 assists as he helped guide the north London club to a third place finish in the Premier League, securing Champions League football next season.
It prompted the Telegraph to write a report quoting a Tottenham source in which it was claimed that White Hart Lane chairman Levy “would not even sell Dele Alli for £100 million’”this summer.
Pogba has also been a huge revelation, scoring 34 times in 178 appearances in all competitions for Juventus over the past four years in Turin.
It was speculated last week that Arsenal had enquired with Tottenham about the availability of Alli, and were duly sent away.
Alli has five years remaining on his contract and it is likely that only a whopping fee would be enough to tempt Levy to cash in on the youngster.
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