Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has astonishingly claimed Dele Alli is worth £100m and is better than Manchester United’s world-record signing Paul Pogba, in quotes told to The Daily Mirror.
After a slow start to the season, last year’s PFA Young Player of the Year has returned to his best form and Dele Alli now carries the hopes of a nation on his shoulders ahead of the World Cup next year, along with Tottenham’s own dreams of success.
The 20-year-old, snatched from MK Dons by the Lilywhites, has established himself as one of the finest players in the Premier League and has reportedly attracted offers from some of the biggest sides in European football.
With a bolstering reputation already and the ability to improve further in the coming years, Alli is one of the hottest properties in world football and former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes he’d command a world-record fee if he were to leave.
“I think he’s fantastic. Can you tell me how all those scouts failed to spot him when he was playing for MK Dons every week? How did they end up waiting until Tottenham came in for him?”
“It’s incredible that no-one took him. What a player, what a signing — what a steal at £5m. I think he’s worth £100m now – if Pogba’s worth £90m, Alli is worth more.”
“He’s just 20 years of age, for heaven’s sake, and the kid’s got everything. He scores goals, makes goals, he can dribble, head it, he’s got an edge to him and puts his foot in… I think he’s fantastic.”
Whether Dele Alli is better than Paul Pogba is debatable but it’s difficult to argue against Harry Redknapp’s claims, as Tottenham are shrewd negotiators and Daniel Levy will demand an audacious fee if Alli was to leave White Hart Lane.
With Alli also tied down to the Lilywhites until 2022, Tottenham possess all the bargaining chips if it came down to a sale but it’s difficult to imagine Alli leaving White Hart Lane just yet- especially with the World Cup just around the corner.
Come 2018 though, Spurs may have a huge challenge on their hands to keep Alli at the club- especially if they cannot offer Champions League football.