If you told an Everton fan back in 2016 that they would have Dele Alli on the books, and then that they were trying to ship him off to Turkey it would drive fans insane, but unfortunately that is the crossroads that the Toffees find themselves at currently.
Alli joined Everton back in January in a deal that focused heavily on add-ons, the first condition being that Everton would pay his £100,000 a week wages, but after that, no money would be involved until he made 20 appearances for the club. Everton would then pay £10 million with Spurs only becoming eligible to receive the maximum of £40 million if he played 80 games.
However, it looks like Spurs may not even receive the initial £10 million as, according to Sean Lunt of Sports Witness and multiple other sources, Alli may be making his way over to Turkey to join Besiktas on a loan with an option to buy, but there are two stumbling blocks that have stopped this transfer from taking place.
Everton struggling to agree on a fee with Besiktas for Dele Alli
The first (FotoMaç) is that Everton and Besiktas are struggling to agree on a fee, with the Toffees only willing to accept Besiktas’ offer of €6 million if they purchase him in January 2023, with the club asking for €8 million if the Turkish giants wish to purchase him in the following Summer.
The second report Lunt highlights come from Fanatik, who claims that the issues are actually between the Merseysiders and Alli’s previous club Tottenham, who are reportedly unhappy that they wouldn’t get anything from the Alli transfer if he was to be sold at this moment.
What is likely to come from this is that Everton and Tottenham come to an agreement which could include giving the North London club a percentage of Alli’s transfer fee before the deal can be sanctioned.
Everton felt like a lifeline to Alli, working under somebody who saw Alli’s talent like Frank Lampard gave a lot of Evertonians hope that it would be on Merseyside where the former back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year could give his career that charge it so desperately needed.
Unfortunately for Alli, he joined an Everton side in a battle against their first possible relegation since the 1950s which saw him only make 11 Premier League appearances, with two more short cameos coming this season.
The club are desperate for money and getting rid of Alli’s £100,000 a week could provide Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell with the space to bring in some more transfers to help revitalize the Toffees side that looks like it is on life support.
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