Real Madrid, the European champions, are considering making a stunning move for the highly-rated Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli, next summer.
Alli, the current PFA young player of the year, joined Spurs from Milton Keynes Dons in 2015 for an initial fee of £5m. He was immediately loaned back to Milton Keynes for the remainder of the season. In his debut campaign at Spurs last season, Alli stole the limelight after scoring 10 goals for the north London club.
Madrid are currently serving a one-window transfer ban, but they will be free to sign players again next summer. The two clubs have been involved in some great transfer deals in the past, with Madrid signing Luka Modrić and Gareth Bale in recent years.
Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, rates Alli very highly, and claimed recently that the 20-year-old has the potential to be among the best players in Europe in the future. The north London club would demand something in excess of £50m for Alli, as he signed a new six-year contract in September, worth nearly £60,000-a-week.
Alli has been in terrific form this season as well, scoring eight Premier League goals already, including successive Premier League braces in away wins over Southampton and Watford. However, his importance to the side goes far beyond just scoring goals and providing assists. He brings a lot more to the game with his overall impact.
It remains to be seen how Spurs will deal with the pressure, and whether they are forced into offering a mega contract offer to Alli. The youngster is happy with life in London, but even he would understand that an opportunity to play for Madrid doesn’t come regularly.