European champions Real Madrid are believed to have made England star Dele Alli one of their main transfer targets, after the 21-year old impressed against them for Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
Alli scored two of Tottenham’s three goals and was instrumental in the domination of Real’s midfield.Having recently been strongly linked with Alli’s Spurs teammate and friend Harry Kane, it is believed that senior decision-makers at the Bernabeu see even more potential in midfielder Alli.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is one of the strong favourites to be the next Madrid manager should Real’s current slump continue and they part ways with current manager and club legend Zinedine Zidane. A former La Liga captain with Catalan side Espanyol, Pochettino would surely return to rob his former club of one of their shining lights, should he be offered the job with Los Blancos.
Regardless of whether it is a suit-wearing Zinedine Zidane or a tracksuit-wearing Pochettino in the Bernabeu dugout, those in control of transfers at Madrid are believed to be completely sure that Dele Alli is ‘in the Madrid mould.’ Having purchased players from the North London club in recent years such as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, Madrid are keen to add Dele Alli’s energy and quality to their squad.
Having started his career in League One with Milton Keynes Dons, it has been an incredible rise for Alli – still only 21. Should Real Madrid come up with a concrete offer for the England midfielder in either of the next two transfer windows, it would surely be an opportunity that is too good to turn down. An opportunity to become one of a very select bunch of English players who have enjoyed success at the highest level abroad.
Tottenham’s Chairman, Daniel Levy, is a notoriously tough negotiator but was worn down previously when Madrid eventually succeeded in signing Gareth Bale for a world record fee. Should Madrid ask the question in January, the fee will surely be even higher this time around.