By Russell Edge
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been touted a move to several European giants by agency firms competing for his business, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the world’s most illustrious agents, including ‘super agents’ Mino Raiola and Jorge Mendes, who represent Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively, are all looking to sign the 21-year-old up.
The report states that Alli has decided to split from his current agency and that potential agents are looking to convince him with promises of exclusive moves to the likes of Premier League rivals Manchester United and Champions League holders Real Madrid.
The Tottenham star has been a revelation at the North London club since arriving from lower league side MK Dons, with 35 goals and 25 assists in 103 appearances across all competitions, and is contracted at the club until 2022.
He has won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the past two seasons, and last campaign netted 18 goals in the Premier League to finish sixth on the top scorers list, ahead of the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard.
His impressive form has also seen him establish himself as a key member of the England squad, with 21 appearances and two goals for the Three Lions since his debut in 2015.
He has continued his impressive form this season, having already scored three times in seven appearances across both the league and cup competitions.
Football Insider verdict
Alli’s situation will be frustrating for the hierarchy at Tottenham, who will feel there is little they can do to fight off the promises of the agents. Unfortunately for the club, the offers claimed by the agencies will probably come to fruition, and they will have a tough task to convince their star midfielder to remain in North London, despite there being plenty of time on his existing contract. The club will need to offer him wages befitting his role for both club and country, and/or provide some sort of success on either a domestic or continental level if they are to show him that Spurs is where he should be for the foreseeable future.
In other Tottenham news, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic made a sly dig at Harry Kane after their clash on Saturday.