Option to buy included
Everton midfielder Dele Alli has completed a season-long loan move to Besiktas, after details of his move were confirmed by the Turkish club this week. According to numerous reports in England, an option to make the move permanent has been included in the deal, which would require an up-front payment of around €7 million. The 26-year-old talent still has two more years left on his deal at Goodison Park and is valued at €16m.
Once considered one of English football’s brightest talents, Alli’s career has gone from bad to worse in recent years. After making the move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 from MK Dons for around €6m, the midfielder saw his market value shoot up to a remarkable sum of €100m in May 2018 after a number of impressive seasons at White Hart Lane. In the 2016/17 season the young talent bagged no less than 22 goals and 13 assists in 50 games for Spurs in all competitions.
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However, after peaking in terms of goals and assists that season, Alli’s performances began to fall and with it his game time in the club’s starting XI. Prior to making a free transfer to Everton last season, Alli managed just 617 minutes of Premier League football for Spurs and had seen his market value drop from €100m down to just €25m. Following an unimperssive six-month spell at Everton, the player is now seeking game time in Turkey.
Despite his fall from grace, Alli still remains a notable star. Such popularity was clear for all to see, when videos surfaces of the player being greeted by thousands of Besiktas fans in Turkey this week. With a current market value of €16m, Alli would become the most valuable player to join Besiktas if the move was made permanent. Overtaking Ricardo Quaresma, who was valued at €12m when he joined in 2010.
…and here Besiktas fans giving warm welcome to Dele Alli#Besiktas
Dele will undergo medical tests as new Besiktas player on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/h0lY40UyD8
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2022