Everton are reportedly set to offload former Tottenham Hotspur ace Dele Alli after the end of the season following his struggles at Goodison Park.
It has been a tumultuous period for Dele Alli. Once regarded as one of the brightest prospects of English football, there appears to be no end in sight when it comes to his misery, as his current club Everton look to offload him after the end of the season, reports TEAMtalk.
Since joining the club in January, Alli has struggled to impose his authority at Goodison Park. He has struggled to make an impact in the first-team, and with no goals or assists in six appearances, he has fallen down the pecking order.
While Everton had brought Dele Alli on a free transfer, there were clauses embedded in his contract. In fact, the Toffees are due to pay Tottenham £10 million after the playmaker makes 20 first-team appearances. There are other clauses involved that could increase the overall fees up to £40 million.
In order to avoid paying up for Alli, Everton are prepared to offload the player in the summer. It is apparent that coach Frank Lampard does not rate the Englishman highly and is banking on the services of new faces in the summer transfer window.
The Toffees have been linked with a host of playmakers, including USMNT star Djordje Mihailovic, who has enjoyed a swift rise to prominence and could be on the verge of a move to England, amid interest from Everton, Leeds United and Newcastle United.
Everton are also in contention to sign on-loan Manchester United star Donny van de Beek on a permanent deal. The player himself certainly wants to seal a move to Goodison Park in order to put an end to his misery at Old Trafford.
Either way, there is no apparent place for Alli in Lampard’s first-team plans next season. The 25-year-old’s current deal at Goodison Park expires in 2024, so the Merseyside giants may even be able to fetch a sizable sum for the services of the former Tottenham playmaker.
It will be particularly interesting to see if clubs Newcastle United or Leeds United take advantage of this market opportunity and snare Alli away from Everton in the new season.