Paris Saint-Germain have been warned they may have to break the world transfer record if they want to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli. Former Premier League winger Peter Beagrie believes the England international is currently worth more than Manchester United's Paul Pogba – who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus for an eye-watering fee during the summer transfer window.
Pogba re-joined Jose Mourinho's side for £93.2m, according to The Guardian, but has only fleetingly produced the form which saw the club break the transfer record to lure him back to the Premier League. The 23-year-old has scored four goals in 20 appearances this term during an underwhelming start to the campaign.
Alli is regarded as one of English football's leading talents and will face another test of his resolve when he comes face-to-face with Pogba when United host Tottenham on Sunday [11 December]. But ahead of the game, Beagrie believes it is the former Milton Keynes Dons youngster who is worth more in the current market.
"On current form it's Alli every day of the week," he told Sky Sports when asked to compare the Untied and Spurs stars. "I watched him at MK Dons and saw his maturity. He's terrific playing behind the striker, he's got the mobility and football intelligence to run beyond the striker and can also drift into wide positions. He loses no opportunity to shoot at goal, and he's got loads of self-belief.
"There's no doubt Pogba on his day is absolutely outstanding, but on current form and value to his team it's got to be Dele Alli. As far as athletic ability goes, I look at the Spurs midfield and think it's far and above more athletic. There's more dynamism, craft and creativity. I think Tottenham score very, very heavily in the midfield department whereas United are still uncertain."
The Daily Mirror understand that PSG are lining up a move for Alli next summer in a deal worth £50m. The Ligue 1 champions are hopeful of putting together a financial package which will tempt the 20-year-old to leave White Hart Lane, despite him signing a new six-year deal with the north Londoners.