Tottenham Hotspur have fended off a raft of Premier League competitors to land MK Dons’ precocious teen Dele Alli.
While the deal remains to be concluded, widespread reports indicate that Spurs – 11/5 to beat Arsenal next – are on the cusp of completing the transfer with a five-and-a-half-year contract poised to be inked and £5m ready to change hands.
It’s thought the switch would include allowing Alli to finish the current campaign on loan with Karl Robinson’s League One outfit, before joining the White Hart Lane club in the summer.
Having bagged 12 in 27 appearances for MK Dons so far, the 18-year-old has the potential to develop into one of football’s most valuable commodities; a top-level goalscoring-midfielder.
In order to aid his progression, playing top-flight football will be vitally important.
That being the case, which Lilywhite should fear Alli’s arrival more than most?
Paulinho is obviously in the firing line, having long been linked with a move away from the north London club following his frequent failures to deliver since joining from Corinthians.
However, it’s Belgian box-to-boxer Mousa Dembele whose Spurs days are numbered.
The former Fulham man is yet to find the net in 19 this season.
Since joining Spurs he has never registered above one goal in a full Premier League campaign, while five assists is the sum total of his creative output.
Despite this, he has made 14 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s men this term, suggesting that teenager Alli can expect to feature in the Lilywhites team on a regular basis when he files into the ranks next season.