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Everton’s Dele Alli given exit route of choice as Besiktas offer both transfer and loan options

The 26-year-old former Tottenham midfielder could be on his way out of the Premier League with Turkish giants Besiktas offering a summer lifeline


Dele Alli

Everton and England international midfielder Dele Alli’s star has fallen rapidly over the last three seasons in the Premier League after a fairytale assertion at MK Dons led to a star being born at Tottenham, with the current Toffees man looking set to depart English shores for Turkey.

Per reports from The Telegraph’s Sam Wallace, Besiktas FK has offered a double avenue of escape for Alli after the 26-year-old has failed to light a fire under his career at Goodison Park under Frank Lampard.

The Süper Lig outfit is set to either make an immediate upfront offer to Everton for Alli somewhere between £6.75m and £8m, but also, a loan move for the remainder of the season.

This comes in the wake of Alli managing just 329-minutes of action across eleven Premier League appearances last season, while his two appearances in the current 2022-23 campaign have netted him just 38-minutes in two substitute appearances.

It is a far cry from where the Milton Keynes native was over three years ago when he was still considered to be an important figure in the Tottenham senior setup after his arrival from MK Dons in the summer of 2015 on the back of a brilliant 2014-15 campaign in League One where he hit 16 goals and added 9 assists in 39 appearances.

His first three seasons at Spurs went off like a charm to the tune of 37 goals and 29 assists in 106 Premier League appearances for the north London outfit, including an 18-goal season in 2016-17.

Starting in the 2018-19 campaign, however, Alli’s production dropped considerably and by 2020-21, was no longer viewed as a first choice option at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With Besiktas’ serious interest in the player, it is now up to a joint decision between Everton and Alli to decide whether or not accepting a cash bid and parting ways permanently this summer is the best way forward, or if a loan spell in Turkey could potentially revitalize the midfielder for a return to Merseyside the following season.


Andrew Thompson

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