No bids for Dele Alli... yet

Dele Alli
Dele Alli

There have been no official bids for MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli.

The 18-year-old has been at the centre of transfer speculation for more than a year now, with Premier League scouts often spotted at Dons’ games to case their eyes over him.

This week, rumours gathered pace that Newcastle were leading the fight for Alli’s signature and that talks were advanced.

But manager Karl Robinson said no formal bid has been made for his talisman.

When asked if Newcastle have bid, he said: “No.

And anyone else? “No. There’s more to it than rumour, I’m sure there’s been dialogue between our club and others.

The most important thing for Dele is to remember that football is the most important thing.

“If he keeps doing what he’s doing, the ones who aren’t interested will find themselves losing out on one of the most gifted young English footballers I’ve seen for many years.”

The club have, however, set a price which they’d be willing to do business at.

“We’ve made it quite clear what we think he’s worth,” said Robinson. “Any club that comes in and wants to meet our valuation, can speak to him.

“We know he’s going to go.

“When you look at Fabian Delph going for £8 million at the same age, and Dele has toppled his records quite comfortably... but it’ll be difficult to get that money. That was a period when money was being thrown about quite freely.

“The kid is certainly worth what we value him at. He’s a sensational talent. He’s the best player I’ve worked with.”