Pundit claims club would be ‘foolish’ to pay £10m to Spurs for 26-year-old 

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Richard Dunne has claimed that Everton would be ‘foolish’ to not sell Dele Alli this summer before they are required to shell out a transfer fee to Tottenham.

Alli’s seven-year spell at Tottenham came to an end in January, when the midfielder completed a permanent move to Everton.

According to The Daily Mirror, Spurs are due a first £10m payment if and when the former MK Dons man makes 20 appearances for the Toffees. 

Some sources have claimed that the deal could even end up being worth up to £40 million for Tottenham if certain performance bonuses are met (Sky Sports).

However, Alli has not had the impact he would have hoped for since his move to Goodison Park, struggling to get regular minutes under his belt in Merseyside. 

Reports indicate that Everton are planning to sell Alli this summer, with Frank Lampard’s men allegedly wanting £20m for the England international (The Sun).

Dunne has urged Everton to sell the former Spurs man this summer and look for a suitable replacement.

The former Manchester City centre-back told The Daily Express about Alli: “He’s done ok but he’s not done enough to start in the team and Everton needs players to start next season.

“So if Alli is going to cost them millions they would be foolish not to look around and see if they can get someone they can trust and they know will be available. He’s not proved that over the last six months.

“I think there’s just an overload of players that aren’t up to the standard of Everton.

“They got themselves out of it in the end and the manager deserves credit for that but there needs to be an improvement or the inevitable will happen and the manager will change again.

“For Everton to go forward they have to have that consistency in the manager’s position and hopefully they give Lampard a few quid to spend in the summer and he can assemble a good team.”

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It is sad to see how far Alli’s stock has fallen over the last three years or so. It was not too long ago that the 26-year-old was being mooted as an £80m-£100m player. 

Should Everton want to get rid of him, I would still expect several Premier League clubs to show interest in the midfielder as a few managers will fancy their chances of being able to revive the former Spurs man.

However, the big issue for him is that not a lot of sides these days play with a number ten, which is Alli’s best position. He does not naturally fit into a 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1 formation, which is what most teams in the Premier League employ.

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