Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted the club scouted Dele Alli while he was playing in League One for MK Dons.
Tottenham swooped to sign Alli in February 2015 for an initial fee of £5million before loaning him back to the Dons for the remainder of that season.
He joined Tottenham ahead of the 2015/16 and such has been his progress that he is now a regular England international and in January 2016 he signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract for a reported £25,000 a week.
At Friday’s press call ahead of the north London derby on Sunday, Wenger was asked whether the club scouted the 21-year-old.
“I think so,” said Wenger. “He has done extremely well and is a very complete player.
“They’ve done well to buy him and to give him a chance.
“We watched him a few times because we watched a lot at Milton Keynes.”
Asked how close Arsenal were to a deal for the midfielder, Wenger said: “I don’t know.”
The Gunners boss was also asked once again about his future at The Emirates, but his response was typical.
“Before a game like this it doesn’t cross my mind at all,” he added.
“There is no distraction. What is important in my life is the next game.
“I don’t know. [when it will be announced]”