Real Madrid will step up their bid to sign Tottenham star Dele Alli by offering a player in return, according to reports in Spain.
Alli’s future has been subject to some speculation in recent weeks after the midfielder took the decision to let go of his agent, with some of the worlds biggest clubs unsurprisingly interested in signing him.
It has been reported that Alli has been ‘promised’ a move to either Manchester United or Real Madrid by potential new agents, including the likes of Super agents Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola.
Alli, who scored an incredible 22 goals for Tottenham last season, currently earns the relatively modest amount of £60,000-a-week compared to some of the top earners in the Premier League.
Now, Spanish publication Don Balon claim that Real Madrid will make a move to sign the England international and will include Mateo Kovacic to try to help tempt Spurs to sell, with Alli claimed to be keen on the move.
Kovacic has struggled to become a starter for the European champions, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos the main stays if the Real Madrid midfield. The Croatian has made 78 appearances for Los Blancos since his €29m move from Inter Milan two summer’s ago, scoring just three goals.
Any attempts to get Alli out of Tottenham though will be extremely difficult with the 21-year-old having five years remaining in his current deal, having only signed a new contract 12 months ago. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, and would likely demand a fee close to the world record which was recently set at £198m when Neymar sensationally moved from Barcelona to PSG this summer.
Real Madrid will have two opportunities to watch Alli up close and personal in the next five weeks as they face Spurs in their Champions League group.
If Alli were to move to Madrid, he would follow in the same footsteps as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, who both made the move from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu.