Writer: Alex Hewitt
Date:Sunday August 31 2014
As we get nearer to the summer transfer window slamming shut on 11pm on Monday, there still seems business to be done for the Dons.
The one key name that has continued to crop up throughout the summer is Dele Alli, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and even Bayern Munich (not a bad set of options really!) reported to be interested in the 18 year old who came of age last season and is now an integral part of the Don`s side. A fine performance against Manchester United, and then a fantastic goal against Crawley on Saturday has put him even more in the spotlight.
But while it`s inevitable the young midfielder will leave at some point, the club have neither the desire nor the need to sell Alli for this season at least. Alli leaving will disrupt the set-up of an already finally poised team with little cover in central midfield, and the club`s books have already been balanced with the compensation received from Brendan Galloway`s move to Everton. And with the club`s pride in their youth set-up, Alli`s future development and success is also important to the club and remaining with the Dons for first team action would help this.
On Alli, manager Karl Robinson told BBC 5 Live: We've had two or three conversations with top Premier League teams`
'My advice is to stay until Christmas. If something happens then, perhaps we can get him back on loan until the end of the season, by which point he will have played 30 or 40 games this season.
'He will then have the experience so that when he rolls up at a Premier League club he can compete for a first-team place.`
Liverpool were reported to have made a £3.5 million bid for Alli back in June but that and any other subsequent bids have been declared too low by the club. It will be a comfort to fans that the club are shaping up to try and keep the player, and that Alli at least seems to be enjoying his football in Milton Keynes.
Rumours about bids for Ben Reeves following his impressive performance against Manchester United and absence from the squad for the Crawley game have also been quelled after it was revealed he could not play due to illness.
And as for any incoming transfers, the Dons have done well in the transfer window this season with a number of smart acquisitions, but Robinson has already made clear his desire to bring in some more defensive cover and a left winger, while some more midfield cover would also be welcome. Such signings would likely be on loan and add depth to the squad.
For the first time in a while Dons fans have a reason to stay up late for the deadline.
Date:Sunday August 31 2014
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