Tottenham are planning to use Dele Alli as part of their negotiations to sign Anthony Gordon from Everton, according to a report.
Gordon was one of Everton’s top performers during a tough 2021-22 campaign. The winger was used regularly by Rafa Benitez and his replacement Frank Lampard, appearing in 40 matches throughout the season.
He managed four goals and three assists, with one of those goals being the winner against Manchester United in April.
Gordon is a product of the Everton academy and Toffees officials are eager to keep him around. But the exciting 21-year-old is picking up interest from rival Premier League teams, one of them being Tottenham.
Antonio Conte’s side have already raided Everton once this summer. Richarlison went to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of a £60million deal.
Reports claim Gordon is also in Spurs’ sights. However, a recent update from Sky Sports stated they were cooling their interest due to Everton’s firm stance that he will not be leaving.
There are plenty of twists and turns during every transfer window, and that is the case when it comes to Gordon too.
The Sunday Mirror (via HITC) suggest Gordon’s move to Spurs is back on. Director of football Fabio Paratici is willing to pay an initial £20m, which should get Everton thinking.
Dele Alli forms part of Anthony Gordon package
Lampard’s team will owe Spurs £10m once Alli makes 20 appearances for them. But Spurs are apparently willing to write this fee off if they land Gordon, making the package worth £30m in total.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is supposedly a big fan of the England U21 international, so he will be happy to pay this sum.
Everton have yet to accept or even respond to Spurs’ proposal. They could seek more money out of the north London side before agreeing to a sale.
Gordon’s own objectives also need to be taken into consideration. He is fond of Everton after they gave him his first senior opportunities and is therefore unlikely to hand in a transfer request at this time.
This stance may change though if Everton fail to improve under Lampard. They were close to relegation last season, which would have been a first in the Prem era.
Meanwhile, Spurs are reportedly rivalling two English teams for the signing of Atletico Madrid man Jose Gimenez.