Jamie Carragher has expressed his disappointment at Wigan Athletic potentially losing midfield starlet Alfie Devine after reports emerged that Tottenham are set to complete a deal for the youngster.
The 15-year-old is thought of as one of the most promising midfield talents in his age group and has impressed for England at Under-16 level.
Devine’s performances in the FA Youth Cup this campaign shot the teenager to the limelight and it appears that he is now on his way out of the DW Stadium.
The Daily Mail report that Spurs are hopeful of completing a £500,000 deal for the England Under-16 midfielder this summer, with Wigan having to sell some of their assets to stay afloat after going into administration.
Carragher raved about the midfielder’s ability and insisted that it was unfortunate that the Championship club have not been able to hold on the youngster after helping him develop.
Devine was previously at Liverpool from the age of seven until eleven, when he was released by the Premier League champions (Liverpool Echo).
Here’s how the Sky Sports pundit reacted to reports that Spurs were set to snap up Devine:
Watched Alfie for a couple years & he’s top class. Just gutted Wigan couldn’t keep hold of him after the great work they’ve put into developing him & all their other prospects. Absolute disgrace what them owners have done! https://t.co/jZ6mGEPgA7
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 17, 2020
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While we need to wait for official confirmation of this deal, multiple sources do seem to suggest that it is all but done. While Wigan’s case is unique due to their ownership issues, many smaller clubs around Europe will be in a similar position to them this summer i.e having to sell their prized assets in order to cope with the financial loses incurred by the pandemic.
So, I believe we will see a lot of talented youngsters (particularly from countries like France and Holland) being snapped up by big clubs around Europe, as clubs in relatively stable financial positions, will try to take advantage of the depressed market.
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