By Dan Plumley

26th Feb, 2022 | 2:10pm

Dr Dan: Everton structured Dele Alli deal to combat FFP

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Everton structured the free transfer and pay later deal for Dele Alli to combat their FFP constraints.

The Toffees signed the England international from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.

Telegraph journalist Matt Law reported that the Toffees will pay £10million to Spurs once he plays 20 games for them.

Sky Sports claim that this transfer fee could potentially rise to £40million given how the deal has been structured.

As of now, Alli has been added to the books at the club as a free agent.

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Explaining this to Goodison News, the Sheffield Hallam University expert said, “FFP is probably the most important point for the club. One of the only reasons why the deal, which could go up to £40million, was done.

“All the payments will be then be triggered in the next financial year and the structure of this deal mitigates that risk to some extent.

“It’s still a risk. The risk is tied not just to Alli’s performance but also the club. Relegation would be a disaster for the club.

“There’s also a risk for the player as if it goes bad and it is triggered after 20 games so you don’t want to be in a position where you’re waiting for games.

“Hopefully, it doesn’t end up that way but it is an interesting way to structure the deal.”

Alli is yet to start a league game for Frank Lampard despite being there at the club for a month.

All of his three appearances have been off the bench but they still count in the 20-game clause.

In other Everton news, a Super Computer has made Everton’s relegation prediction after their shock loss v Southampton

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