TEAMtalk learnt that Everton may let Dele Alli go in the summer before being required to pay Tottenham a dime.
Dele Alli’s career had come to a halt at Tottenham earlier this season. The attacking midfielder was once considered one of the best players in the world at his position.
During his early Spurs spell under Mauricio Pochettino’s tutelage, Alli was a constant threat to opposing defenses.
In later years, though, Alli’s form and fortunes plummeted. As a result, he spent time outside of Spurs’ normal starting eleven under a number of different managers.
When the Toffees signed him on deadline day in January, the England international was handed a fresh start. Spurs did not get a fee up front when a two-and-a-half-year deal was inked.
Instead, the 25-year-contract old’s with Tottenham might be valued up to £40 million, but it is only paid in instalments, and Everton has yet to pay a penny.
The first payment of £10million is due once Alli has played 20 first-team games. But as it stands, that mark won’t be reached until next season – if it happens at all.
Dele Alli impact less than expected
Alli is yet to start a game for Everton since arriving. Instead he has come off the bench six times for Frank Lampard.
Pundit Paddy Kenny recently offered a scathing review of Alli’s talents, claiming he’s “not good enough to start” matches.
Everton have lost five of Alli’s six appearances for the club. On four of those occasions, the Toffees have also failed to score. Clearly, Alli has failed to have the impact that Everton’s management had hoped for.
Lampard’s team is currently in a relegation battle, barely three points above of Watford in 18th place. They do, however, have a two-match advantage against the Hornets.
Regardless of whether Everton avoid relegation, Alli might be on the move again this summer.
We understand the club is considering terminating relations early due to his minor impact, in order to avoid being liable for the pricey future payments.
If axed, Tottenham’s chances of recouping any of the £40m negotiated would go by the wayside.