Dele Alli is set to undergo a medical ahead of a permanent move from Tottenham to Everton which could cost up to £40m.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has held talks in his London office with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy over a potential deal for Alli.
Initially it was believed that any move was far from over but it is now understood a breakthrough has been made in the negotiations and a medical has been booked for the player.
If Alli moves to Goodison Park, it will be on a two-and-a-half-year deal, with the transfer fee structured around midfielder performance-based payments for Everton.
Although no potential deal for Alli has yet been formally agreed, the chances of the transfer taking place are believed to be ‘good’ with new Everton manager Frank Lampard a key factor in convincing the 25-year-old to join.
Everton, however, will not be able to loan another player to a Premier League club once they have loaned Donny van de Beek from Manchester United, who is expected to be completed on deadline day.
Only two domestic loans are allowed under the current rules and Everton have already signed Anwar El Ghazi on loan from Aston Villa as part of the deal which saw Lucas Digne move to Villa Park earlier in the January window.
Lampard ‘key’ in Alli transfer talks
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:
“We’ve been told Frank Lampard is key to getting this deal done. He’s spoken to the player and Alli thinks he can get the best out of him.
“Since Mauricio Pochettino left Spurs he has had a difficult relationship with the managers there, Mourinho and Conte, and needs a fresh start.
“He’s been at Spurs for a long time now, I know people think he’s wandered off now, but he’s someone who was twice PFA Young Player of the Year. If anyone can pull the best of him, you’d think it would be someone like Frank Lampard.”
Lampard can bring back swagger to Alli’s lost talent
Ben Grounds from Sky Sports:
More than two years ago, in October 2019, Gary Neville gave this assessment of Dele Alli after an anonymous display in a 2-1 away loss to Liverpool.
“He wanted to get in the box. He was always mean, playing on the edge, getting sent off once or twice, but today he was non-existent. He’s been like this for a year or two.”
More than two years have passed since then, and we still haven’t seen Alli regain the kind of form that saw him win back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
Still just 25, Alli has now worked under multiple managers at Spurs since breaking into the first team under Mauricio Pochettino and yet he has failed to fully convince Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte that he is worth the fight. struggling to give a central role.
It’s hard to pinpoint his fall from grace, but Frank Lampard could be the perfect manager to turn lost talent into star quality. The new Everton boss would urge him to get back to basics, but feeling loved is what Alli needs.
His time at Tottenham really should have come to an end some time ago but a fresh start at Everton, a side he has often performed well against, offers him the opportunity to realize his undeniable talent.
It’s an arrangement that suits all parties, with Tottenham now able to build a team in Conte’s image, while Alli’s ability to cover the distance and play with intensity is something Everton had to inject into his game this season.
A loan deal might have gone nowhere, pushing the need for a change, but with Everton having already used up their two domestic loan slots, a permanent deal ends Alli at Spurs. Lampard and Everton will hope he can now rediscover his former swagger on Merseyside.
Alli’s tactical and mental issues
Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:
As Dele Alli’s Tottenham career reaches a conclusion few could have anticipated when he won back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards, much of the focus will be on the mental side. of the game. The need to refocus will be at the forefront of the discussion.
Jose Mourinho’s words in conversation with Alli in a high-profile documentary seem prescient. “I think you will regret it if you don’t achieve what you can achieve.” But it should be noted that there are tactical issues to address here as well as mental issues.
The hope is that Frank Lampard and Everton appreciate what is needed to bring out the best in Alli. His impact came as a supporting striker made late runs into the penalty area. He was combative and cute so could play deeper but that wasn’t his main strength.
Over time, Alli has been deployed further and further away from the opposing goal, even being used in a midfield two, where the responsibilities in the builder’s play put more emphasis on other aspects of his game. became hard to remember what made it so good.
It remains to be seen whether he is able to recover it. At 25, there is still time. The attitude will have to be right, the desire to prove people wrong is essential. But his only chance to do so will be if Lampard has a clear vision of how to use him.
‘Honoré’ Lampard revealed as Everton manager
Everton have appointed Frank Lampard as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract to replace the sacked Rafael Benitez.
Lampard, who arrived at the Everton Finch Farm training ground on Monday where he was due to undergo first-team training for the first time, said: “It is a huge honor for me to represent and manage a club of the size and tradition of Everton Football Club.
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