Chelsea are the latest over-fed feline from the upper echelons to cast a line into the Football League drink hoping to hook themselves MK Dons’ wonder boy Dele Alli.
Arsenal and Liverpool are long-term admirers of the 18-year-old, but they now face competition from the far the wealthier Blues in the race to land one of the highest-rated prospects in domestic football.
Of the three, the Blues are deemed most likely to be crowned Premier League champions next season according to the oddsmiths at bwin.
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After being handed his debut in the 2012/13, the Alli has since become a fixture in the Dons side despite his junior years.
He made 33 appearances in League One last time around, 24 of them from the off.
Across all competitions, the England Under-18’s goal-yield was a commendable seven, a tally he complemented with two assists.
He became the youngest player in the club’s history to score a hat-trick, taking the match ball home from the Dons’ trip to Notts County after firing all away goals in a 3-1 victory.
A central midfielder whose initial instinct upon acquiring possession is to surge forward, numerous comparisons have been drawn between Alli and Anfield stalwart Steven Gerrard in his heyday.
Not dissimilar to the England skipper, the Dons rookie doesn’t mind putting a foot in either, collecting eight yellow cards in total last term.
The pair could well be teammates ahead of the dawn of 2014/15, with Liverpool deemed his likeliest destination on account of boss Karl Robinson’s friendship with Brendan Rodgers, who personally scouted the player in January.
A sizeable sum is certain to be trousered by the third-tier outfit for the youngster, which is sure to please supporters, who may not be so sad to see Alli abscond, regardless of his unquestionable potential.
An ominous correlation is developing between the youngster starting and the club losing home matches, with each of the previous six he’s been named in the starting XI for ending in defeat for Robinson’s charges.