Ray Parlour believes Arsenal should make an ambitious attempt to sign Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in their hunt for a new midfielder.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his midfield this transfer window, with two targets reportedly on his shortlist.
The Spanish boss is keen to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, as well as Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
The double raid would cost Arsenal over £50million and Parlour believes Arsenal should look elsewhere. Indeed, while previous reports claim Chelsea’s Jorginho has also emerged as a target, Parlour wants the Gunners to sign Alli.
He told talkSPORT: “I think he’d be more of a fit than Jorginho, if I’m being honest, and I’ve always said they’re lacking goals from midfield.
“‘But I don’t think Spurs would sell Dele Alli to Arsenal. I think there would be uproar by the Spurs fans if that happened. But he would certainly be a good fit for Arsenal.”
Parlour added that his former side could tempt Tottenham with a £50million offer.
‘£50million could tempt Tottenham’
“I’m trying to put a figure in my head to say how much he would be worth. I’d say £50million, I certainly believe he’s got a lot of good years left in him as a player so £50million has got to be the marker.
“One thing about Arsenal is that they are lacking goals from central midfield areas so I think he could tick that box especially where he can score goals, he can get you ten goals from midfield if he plays on a regular basis.
“Whether he can get more goals, Arteta, I don’t know. I’ve never worked under Arteta but what he’s done for the other players from what I’ve seen from the outside… certainly they’re responding to Arteta so I’m sure Dele Alli would be exactly the same.”
Alli featured against Shkendija in the Europa League on Thursday after previous doubts about his future.
Prior to Jose Mourinho’s assurances on Wednesday, reports linked England international Alli with a move away.
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly pulled the plug on their interest, however.