Signing a young talent for a hefty amount can always backfire. Thus, there is always a risk involved in buying young players. Nonetheless, if the teenager turns out to be even half as good as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, it’s worth taking a chance.
PFA Young Player of the Year from the past two consecutive seasons, Dele Alli is undoubtedly on the road to enter the elite list of players the game has produced.
Thriving under Mauricio Pochettino, the young sensation has caught the eye of some of the top clubs in Europe. A good amount of transfer bids are sure to come in for the Spurs man making him one of the top transfer prospects for next season.
However, one club that missed out on signing Dele Alli when he was just 18 was none other than Liverpool. Growing up as a Liverpool fan, Alli was playing for MK Dons when he met with then-manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of a potential transfer, but Liverpool and MK Dons were unable to come to terms about the 18-year-old’s transfer fee.
Alli eventually ended up completing a £5 million transfer to Tottenham Hotspurs in February 2015.
And now, according to ESPN, former Liverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre has claimed that the club did not complete the signing of the teenager, because they felt Alli was not worth the fee MK Dons were seeking.
“There was interest in the player, but where it got to was that the demands at that time were not fitting to what he had achieved at that point,” Ayre said at a lecture in Liverpool on Wednesday.
“We didn’t feel the player matched that demand. It’s easy to sit and say: ‘Look what you could have bought,’ but how many players could you apply the reverse of that to? That’s the truth.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal. Tweet to get in touch with him.