By Sam Stone

26th Mar, 2023 | 7:40pm

Farhad Moshiri sees £6.1m down the drain amid 'remarkable' Dele Alli Everton development

Dele Alli’s time at Everton has been one to forget for everyone concerned, however, the Toffees could well be set to lose out further.

The 26-year-old is reportedly earning £100,000-a-week at Goodison Park and is contracted to the Merseysiders until the summer of 2024 (The Mirror, pg 67, 26 March).

There are 61 weeks left until his contract comes to a close, which means Bill Kenwright, Farhad Moshiri and company will have to fork out an astonishing £6.1million to the former Tottenham man.

Of course, Besiktas do have the option to buy the midfielder at the end of the season, but that’s a move which seems extremely unlikely after recent events.

The Turkish side’s coach, Senol Gunes, has launched a personal tirade against the Everton loanee, suggesting he had gone AWOL. However, The Telegraph claim (22 March) this was not the case, with Alli being granted permission to return to England for a doctor’s appointment.

Realistically, there’s a strong chance he will return to Everton in the summer and the club’s next move will be vital. There will be many who will be advocating for Alli to be sold, but who would really want to buy the midfielder?

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There’s a strong chance he will be on the club’s books at the start of next season and that will mean the remainder of his contract will need to be paid.

His demise has been “remarkable” according to some (Tom Hopkinson, Sunday People, pg 55, 19 March) and it’s hard to see where Alli goes from here.

Sean Dyche could give him a chance, but looking at his recent record and performances, there’s little hope that he will be able to motivate himself to perform at the highest level once again.

This is just another blatant example of the club backing itself into a corner with a daft piece of transfer business.