MK Dons earlier today announced that wonderkid Dele Alli, who is wanted by Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, has penned a new deal with his current club.
Initially the assumption was that the agreement effectively ruled out the chance of him making a move to any of the Premier League’s biggest teams in the near future, but sensational comments from Dons boss Karl Robinson have revealed that he can still leave the club as early as January.
Alli has risen to prominence at a meteoric rate, having now appeared for England U19s, and Liverpool have already been rebuffed once this year, with a figure potentially worth around £8 million rejected by Dons chiefs.
The youngster, who has been labelled as the ‘next Messi’ by certain sources, certainly has no shortage of admirers at the highest level and, though his new deal will see his wages rise to reflect his fine form, Robinson is aware it will only keep the wolves at bay for so long.
Alli to leave?
“Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever,” he said, according to Metro.
“However, for the time being, he remains an MK Dons player and we’ll continue to enjoy watching him progress week-in, week-out here at stadium:MK.”
January transfer potential
Alli’s new deal, which sees another 12 months added to his contract with the Dons, might be enough to quell speculation over his future in the game for now, but as soon as the January transfer window rolls around it makes sense to assume that the interest in him will reignite.
Essentially the latest agreement Alli has penned means that the likes of Liverpool, United, Chelsea and Arsenal will have to pay more to get their man, but the fee wanted isn’t likely to be out of their reach. All four clubs have handsome financial backing and, with Alli rated at a poultry £5 million, the notion of a deal coming to fruition is hardly far-fetched.
It would seem then that the only thing left for Alli to do is decide firstly how quickly he wants to take the step up to the next level, and secondly which team he wants to place his faith in. A move to Chelsea would likely see him loaned out with a view to continuing his development, as has been the case with many of young talents over the past few years.
Similarly at United the opportunities in the first-team would be hard to come by, particularly given Louis van Gaal’s recent decision to bombard the team with high-profile talents from abroad. Therefore it’s either Arsenal or Liverpool who would likely present the best chance for him to progress whilst having a realistic chance of playing before too long.