'Dele Alli is worth more than Paul Pogba. It's incredible Man United missed him' - Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp has declared Dele Alli to be worth £100 million – and criticised Manchester United for failing to sign him for £5m before buying Paul Pogba for £90m.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp claimed that, if sold, Alli would command a fee in excess of the world-record figure United paid for Pogba last summer, following his remarkable exploits this season.
Spurs and England star Alli has scored 14 goals for club and country this term – five more than Pogba – including nine in his last 11 games.
“I think now he’s worth £100m,” Redknapp said. “If Pogba’s £90m, he’s more. He’s 20 years of age! The kid’s got everything – he scores goals, makes goals, can head it, run, dribble, got an edge to him, puts his foot in. I think he’s fantastic.”
Alli joined Tottenham two years ago, less than six months after helping MK Dons inflict a humiliating 4-0 defeat on United in the second round of the League Cup.
Speaking ahead of Spurs and United’s Europa League last-32 ties on Thursday night, Redknapp added: “Didn’t he play against Manchester United when they beat them that day? You wonder how they didn’t take the kid from MK Dons for £5m.
“How did they not see him? It’s incredible that no-one took him. £5m! What a signing, what a player.”
Alli has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City this summer but Redknapp was confident the midfielder would not follow the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric out of the door.
“Obviously, Tottenham don’t want to sell him,” he said. “They’re building a new stadium, the stadium’s going to be great, and, if they continue to progress, they’ve got a squad that can win the league in the next year or two. So I’m sure he’d want to be part of that.”