Dele Alli in major split that will have huge Tottenham repercussions - Times
By Harry Sykes
Dele Alli has split from his long-time representative and is now being courted by the two most powerful agents in football, according to a report.
The Times claim the Tottenham playmaker severed his ties with English adviser Rob Segal last month, having been with his Impact Sports Management team since he was aged 15 and making his way at Milton Keynes Dons.
It is said there is a scramble among the world’s leading sports management companies for the signature of Alli, 21, led by super agents Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola.
The Times report the high profile duo, whose clients include Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Angel di Maria and Jose Mourinho, are jostling to win over Alli as prepares to appoint new advisers to manage the next phase of his career.
Mendes and Raiola have approached the player through his adoptive family.
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Harry Hickford, Alli’s house-mate whom he regards as a brother after moving in with his family at the age of 13, will also have a role managing his career and is likely to be taken on by whichever agency wins the contract.
Alli’s decision to part company with Segal is likely to have huge repercussions for his future at Tottenham, even though he has a contract that runs until 2022.
Joining up with either of Mendes or Raiola would increase speculation that Alli’s ultimate goal is a transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid or Barcelona, where Mendes and Raiola have impeccable connections and are well placed to facilitate a move.
The England international has emerged as one of the outstanding players in the Premier League after joining Spurs permanently in the summer of 2015.
In 100 matches for the north Londoners, Alli has scored 34 goals and supplied 24 assists, stand-out statistics for an attacking midfielder who does not turn 22 until next April.
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