Fabrizio Romano: £22.5m target waiting for Everton manager appointment before making decision

Everton’s transfer business has taken a side track as the focus lights have remained on the managerial search. The previous manager Rafa Benitez indicated that the Toffees would still be looking for players after the acquisition of Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson in January. As it appears, Dele Alli is a player that has been considered in the Everton offices.

The Royal Blues jumped straight into the eight gear when the winter transfer window began, announcing the signing of Mykolenko and Patterson almost instantly. Since then the Toffees have been linked to a number of midfielders like Sean Longstaff and Bruno Guimaraes. With Benitez’s departure, Longstaff’s links have certainly died down indicating he was the Spaniard’s choice.

Despite being without a permanent manager or a director of Football, Everton continue to be linked with Tanguy Ndombele and Alli. The Toffees have also seen a loan move being rejected for Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard.

In the last week of the winter transfer window, Everton are hoping to secure another signing. While the focus still remains on hiring a manager, the Toffees seem to have shown interest in bringing Alli on a loan deal.

Dele Alli waiting for Everton manager appointment

According to the Daily Mail, Everton could make a move for Alli. He is also being courted by Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley and German club Borussia Dortmund. As per Transfer Guru, Fabrizio Romano, who spoke on Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel, stated that Everton could be an option for the Englishman.

Everton is another possibility but not a priority because the player wants to understand who will be the manager before saying, yes, I am joining or not. My expectation is for him to leave Tottenham in the final days of the window. (Fabrizio Romano on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE)

As highlighted by Romano, Alli is waiting for the managerial appointment to decide if he is inclined to join Everton. Newcastle United could be another possibility but it depends on Magpies’ interest in Lingard.

Alli has fallen down the pecking order and is out of favour under Antonio Conte. The 25 year old is free to leave the club and is studying his options. Spurs even tried to do a swap deal but nothing materialized.

Alli’s confidence has gone off the cliff and he needs to regain his charisma and sharpness that made him one of the most exciting prospects in English football. The former MK Dons man has played just 1042 minutes of football this season, scoring twice in 18 games.

Alli will look to join a side that has a manager who can help him in reigniting the fire and polish his game. Whether he comes to Everton or not is a question that only time will answer.

Will Dele Alli end up at Everton?