Liverpool have successfully fended off competition from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal and will now sign MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli - dubbed the ‘English Messi’ - after an £8 million fee was agreed.
This is according to the Express, who report that the transfer will become official on January 1.
Alli set to be loaned back to MK Dons
It’s understood that Alli is likely to be loaned back to League One outfit MK Dons for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign, similar to the deal Manchester United struck with Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha in 2013.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, however, will be hoping to England Under-19 international Alli adjusts to life at Anfield better than Zaha managed at Old Trafford.
One of English football's brightest prospects
Alli, a 6ft 2in midfielder, is widely considered one of the most gifted young footballers outside of the Premier League.
He showcased his immense talent in MK Dons’ now famous 4-0 victory over Manchester United in the second round of the Capital One Cup earlier this season, which further convinced a host of top Premier League clubs to pursue their interest in the gifted teenager.
Alli signed new MK Dons deal last month
Every interested club, including Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, were dealt a blow last month when Alli penned a new three-year contract with MK Dons; however, it seems this was merely an attempt by the Football League club to ensure they received the best possible price for the player in January.
That Alli will return to Stadium MK for the second half of the season will satisfy manager Karl Robinson, who hopes to secure promotion to the Championship next spring.
Robinson resigned to losing Alli
Robinson admitted after Alli penned his new deal with MK Dons that the club were powerless to hold on to such a talented young player.
He told the club’s official website: "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.
"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.”
Alli has been watched regularly by Liverpool scouts over the past 12 months and Rodgers, having received favourable feedback, has now decided to make his move.
Future bright for Liverpool
The Northern Irish coach has endured a difficult start to the new season without talismanic striker Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona in the summer, and last season’s Premier League runners-up currently sit 14th in the table having picked up a disappointing seven points fro their opening six league matches.
The Reds have also struggled in the Champions League. They only just sneaked past European minnows Ludogorets in their first match back in Europe’s premier club competition for almost five years, while the Merseyside outfit produced a hugely disappointing performance during Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Basel.
But with Alli signed up, and the hugely exciting Belgium international Divock Origi also set to arrive at Anfield in 2015, the future looks bright for both Rodgers and Liverpool.
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