Dele Alli
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Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are set for a summer battle in signing MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, according to the Express.

The 18-year-old was promoted to the first team in 2012 and has been a regular inclusion in Karl Robinson's squad in this season. He has made 37 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and managing four assists in the process.

Alli's impressive form has seen him attract interest from top Premier League clubs and he has been dubbed the "new Steven Gerrard." The midfielder is believed to be one of the brightest prospects to come out of the Dons' youth system.

The report claims the Gunners and the Merseyside club have long been monitoring the youngster and were keen on signing the 18-year-old last summer.

Brendan Rodgers was keen on landing the midfielder in the January transfer window after scouting the midfielder earlier this season. However, the Anfield club were not able to seal the deal as Alli continued with his current employers.

And now, Chelsea also have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in signing the talented youngster. Nevertheless, reports say the Reds are leading the race in acquiring Alli's signature in the summer transfer window.

The teenager scored his first hat-trick for Dons during their 3-1 victory over Notts County in March. The League One side's manager Karl Robinson heaped praise on the midfielder and has piped him to be the next talented midfielder in England.

"The game's been won by a wonder boy. The whole talking point is probably going to be about one of the most gifted 17-year-olds this country has ever seen," Robinson told BBC.

"I've said from the word go, he's as good as it gets and he's the best young player I've ever worked with."

"Dean Lewington [the club captain] said to me: 'The boy can be anything he wants'. I rested him for six weeks and that's now starting to help him."

"He's as confident as it gets. He held the match ball up to me today and smiled. You forget he is so young," Dons manager concluded.