TOTTENHAM beware, Real Madrid are on the prowl again!
The news that the Spanish giants are interested in Spurs’ teenage star Dele Alli should come as no real surprise.
The 19-year-old has taken to the English top flight like a duck to water since his move to White Hart Lane from MK Dons last summer for what already looks a steal at £5million.
All certainly appears to have it all – he is as industrious as he is skillful and works just as hard on the defensive end, tracking back to help his team-mates and making great tackles. He is also a superb finisher with a remarkable eye for goal.
Goal.com reports: “Alli has emerged as a target for the Spanish club, who have a fine record of picking Tottenham’s finest players.
“Madrid took Croatian midfielder Luka Modric off the Spurs books in 2012, returning for Gareth Bale a year later.
Those players have gone on to win the Champions League with Los Blancos, and are enjoying great success, albeit not so much this season, in Spain.
“They now look to the precocious Alli, who has been an absolute sensation at White Hart Lane this campaign.”
Indeed, such has been Alli’s impact at Tottenham that the club rewarded him with a new five-year deal after scoring five goals in his first 18 appearances for them.
But it’s far too early for him to be considering a switch to a club of Real Madrid’s magnitude and the enormous pressure that would go with such a move.
The kid hasn’t even completed a full season in the Premier League yet.
We’re not suggesting he wouldn’t make the grade at Madrid but he certainly wouldn’t be a regular at the beginning and we’ve seen it too often at such clubs – promising youngsters make the move, struggle to make an immediate impact and seem to then disappear off the radar.
We don’t believe Spurs would sell Alli in any case at this stage – they could treble his fee if he has another couple of stand-out seasons in England.
Should Alli consider Real Madrid if they make an offer?
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