Besiktas are pushing really hard to sign Everton playmaker Dele Alli this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano on Tuesday afternoon (16 August).
The Italian journalist has reported that a quickfire permanent or loan exit could happen, with the decision left for the player to make as the Toffees leave the door open.
Alli is said to want more playing time as a priority, something that he may get it Turkey after starting the season yet again on the bench at Goodison Park.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, Romano shared the latest as it looks as though the Toffees are set to make instant profit on the playmaker.
“Besiktas are really pushing to sign Dele Alli,” he wrote.
“Both loan or permanent are being considered, Everton are leaving it for the player to decide. Dele wants game time as priority.”
Get it done.
The fact that Everton have left the door open tells you everything you need to know.
It is clear that Lampard and the Toffees would keep Alli if they could, but if they can get rid of his wages and more importantly, the upcoming obligations for cash coming up, they would.
Alli himself wants more playing time, and although his World Cup hopes with England currently stand at less than 1%, if he did something spectacular before Qatar, it could still happen.
Lampard won’t stand in his way, and with a new striker desperately needed, this is a way to free up some space on the wage bill to make that happen.
Another thing this may help is the mission to keep Anthony Gordon, and if money is freed up elsewhere, there is even less need to sell the winger.
This could be a win-win all round at Everton – watch this space.