Dele Alli has completed a loan move from Everton to Besiktas following his struggles since moving to Goodison Park in January.
The former Tottenham midfielder moved to Merseyside without a fee, but the transfer could have amounted to £40million. Indeed, Everton would have owed Spurs £10million after 20 Premier League appearances for Alli.
However, after only 13 Toffees outings, the 26-year-old has again sought pastures new with Besiktas.
Sky Sports report the Turkish club have an option to make the move permanent if they wish.
As for the finances of the move, Everton have received a £1.86million loan fee. Besiktas, meanwhile, will pay only €10,000 (£8,430) of Alli’s wages per week. The Times has previously claimed that Alli is on £100,000 per week at Goodison Park.
The Guardian adds that Besiktas can sign the player permanently for £6million until January and for £8million next summer.
Alli has played two Premier League games last season, but both appearances came from the bench.
After playing just over half an hour in total against Chelsea and Aston Villa, he remained an unused substitute for last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Last term, all but one of Alli’s Premier League appearances for Everton came from the bench. And the midfielder had to wait until the final day of the season to get his first Toffees league start.
As such, he angled for another move away this summer and Everton have not hesitated to negotiate with Besiktas.
The 37-cap England international, who won the PFA Young Player of the Year award twice at Tottenham, will now look to revive his career across Europe.
Everton will no doubt be keeping a close eye on how Alli performs, with Frank Lampard revealing the “advanced” talks with Besiktas on Wednesday. Ultimately, though, if he does well, the decision over his future is out of their hands given Besiktas’ purchase option.
Dele Alli needed Everton exit
It was clear at the end of last season that Alli needed the move away. The fact that he only made one Premier League start last term was down to a few factors.
First, his lack of action at Tottenham meant he had to gain fitness to be up to manager Lampard’s standards.
However, Everton found themselves in a relegation battle. That meant Lampard felt reluctant to sway from what was working as the Toffees climbed their way out of trouble.
Had Everton been fighting for a top-10 Premier League finish or similar, Alli may have been able to resurrect his Premier League career.
Nevertheless, he now has the chance to prove that he has not lost his talent. A run of matches, minutes and form with Besiktas will no doubt put him back in the spotlight.