By Joe Ellis

11th Jan, 2023 | 11:10am

Dele Alli accepts Besiktas fate as talks with Everton over termination go on

Dele Alli has accepted that his time on loan at Besiktas has come to an end with talks between them and Everton ongoing, according to Sabah.

The 26-year-old was sent to Istanbul for the season by Frank Lampard having failed to impress at the start of the campaign but he has not found his mojo in Turkey either.

The Black and Whites are now trying to negotiate his exit from Vodafone Park while the Toffees are holding out for the full loan fee upfront that they were due to pay anyway.

As the two clubs talk over a separation fee, Alli is said to have already accepted his fate with manager Senol Gunes not interested in playing him any further after two goals all season.

It is now only the negotiation fee that is holding back Alli’s return to Goodison Park although Besiktas are also asking for compensation from Burnley who are looking to recall Wout Weghorst and send him to Manchester United.

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After three of four impressive years at Tottenham Hotspur, Alli now seems to be learning why only the best are able to swim for long at the very top level.

The relentless nature of football in the modern era has taken its toll on the England international and he comes across as a broken man now after becoming a villain in Turkey.

He might not want to retire just yet given he could still have six or seven years in the tank but his mental health can’t be in a good place having been axed from Spurs, Everton and now Besiktas.

The best thing he could do right now is take an indefinite break from football, for at least the rest of the season, and then see how he feels in pre-season at Finch Farm.

Lampard still may not want to keep him but at least he will get an idea of whether he wants to carry on and if Goodison Park is the place he wants to do it.