After Dele Alli resumed first-team training on Merseyside, Daniel Levy and Tottenham’s prospects of obtaining up to £10 million from Everton have improved, as reported by the Daily Mail.
On December 14, the newspaper reported that Alli had resumed his first-team training at the Finch Farm training facility, where he participated in a number of exercises and gym sessions.
As per the terms of the agreement reached between Tottenham and Everton, £10 million would be given to Spurs upon Alli’s 20 appearances for Everton. With the most recent fitness update, that milestone is getting closer.
Sean Dyche had previously stated [Daily Mail, November 3] that Kevin Thelwell, Everton’s director of football, was in talks with Levy over potentially modifying that fee. Although no confirmation has been made, it appears likely that an agreement will be struck given the terms of the arrangement.
The Times most recently revealed [on December 9] that Everton had rejected Tottenham’s offer to lower that price to £8 million in exchange for lowering the quantity of appearances needed to cross that threshold.
Now that he is participating in first-team training, Alli is only seven games away from reaching the £10 million mark, and a return to action would eventually bring that total closer.
Due to the lengthy injury layoff since his last competitive game, Dyche acknowledged that the midfielder still has a ways to go before he can be considered for the first team squad once more. Dyche also said the player will have a rehabilitation program to help him get back up to speed before his return.
This incentive, which is now valued at £10 million but is probably going to fall short of that amount, might be used to strengthen Ange Postecoglou’s team, which has already seen some doubts raised about its depth this season.
With each passing development, Levy gets closer to gaining his additional transfer windfall agreed in the sale of Alli. Perhaps one that he would have expected to cash in on earlier given the length of time since the midfielder left Spurs, but one he will receive nonetheless.