By Peter Lynch

16th Mar, 2023 | 9:10am

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri may avoid £40m payment after Dele Alli reveals future on phone call

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri may avoid a £40million payment for Dele Alli as the midfielder looks set to leave Goodison Park this summer.

Alli spoke to former manager Karl Robinson on a phone call last month, with the ex-MK Dons boss explaining that the midfielder seemed “excited about the summer.”

The 26-year-old is currently on a season-long loan from Everton to Turkish club Besiktas, having failed to land regular football at Goodison since his move from Tottenham in January 2022.

“He scored 50 goals quicker than Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard, and it’s a crying shame that he’s at Besiktas now,” Robinson told the No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast (15 March), as transcribed by the Liverpool Echo.

“I spoke to him about a month ago just to see if he was alright when the earthquake happened in Turkey and he seems a bit different, he seems to be him again.”

And commenting on the reports that Everton could pay up to £40m for Alli, Robinson added: “Whether that’s right or wrong, it was just over a phone call, but he seemed excited about the summer, where he goes? It will be his decision.”

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One last chance for Alli?

Alli was handed his debut by Robinson as a 16-year-old when the pair were at MK Dons, with the youngster quickly securing a move to Premier League side Spurs after impressing on the pitch.

But that promise has slowly but surely fizzled in recent years, with the midfielder currently struggling for game time at Besiktas amid reported problems with manager Senol Gunes.

Alli is not the only Everton player who could exit Goodison Park this summer, with the Toffees reportedly keen to allow Yerry Mina’s contract to wind down in June.

But it is perhaps Alli that will attract most of the headlines given his rapid decline, having once starred for both Spurs and England as a youngster.

A move away from the Toffees seems like the best bet for both parties as the midfielder seeks a fresh start, with a decade now passing since Alli first burst onto the scene.

Moshiri needs to save cash, and this will be music to his ears.