Ray Parlour explains why Arsenal should attempt to sign Dele Alli over Jorginho

Dele Alli looks on in Tottenham training
Dele Alli has been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer (Picture: Getty)

Ray Parlour has encouraged Arsenal to make an audacious move for Dele Alli as he feels the Tottenham star could become a goalscoring force from midfield under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta.

Alli was not included in Spurs’ squads for their recent clashes with Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Southampton and was replaced by Jose Mourinho on the hour-mark on Thursday evening as the club struggled their way past KF Shkendija in the Europa League.

Real Madrid were offered Alli during Tottenham’s talks for Gareth Bale earlier this summer and Paris Saint-Germain have also been heavily linked with the 24-year-old, with just over a week remaining of the transfer window.

Dele Alli runs with the ball during Tottenham's Europa League clash with Shkendija
PSG are favourites to land the England attacking midfielder (Picture: Getty)

And while Parlour concedes there would be ‘uproar’ if Alli somehow ended up at Arsenal, he believes the England international could be an excellent addition on the red side of north London.

The Gunners have reportedly been eyeing a last-ditch bid for Chelsea’s Jorginho – with Arteta keen to strengthen in midfield – but Parlour is confident Alli would be a much better fit for his former club.

‘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,’ the legendary ex-Arsenal midfielder said on talkSPORT.

‘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.

Ray Parlour speaks at Arsenal Pre-Season Tour of the United States
Parlour can see Alli being a huge success at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m trying to put a figure in my head to say how much he would be worth. I’d say £50m, I certainly believe he’s got a lot of good years left in him as a player so £50m 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.’

Jorginho takes a knee prior to Chelsea's clash with Liverpool
Jorginho has been linked with Arsenal this week (Picture: Getty)

Parlour is confident Arsenal fans would welcome the addition of a player of Alli’s quality before the transfer deadline.

‘I’m not saying Jose Mourinho can’t get more out of Dele Alli. Maybe he’s still pushing now to get more out of Dele Alli,’ he added.

‘I think Arsenal fans would be pretty happy, no? Because you’re getting a quality player off your rivals so I think they’d be pretty happy if they got Dele Alli.

‘If he started playing week-in, week-out, started putting in performances like when he joined Spurs, I’m sure fans would be delighted.’

Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar remain Arsenal’s top targets in midfield and the latter has looked the most likely of the two to join the Gunners this summer.

Earlier this month, Lyon chief Juninho confirmed that Arsenal had held talks to sign Aouar but it appears the Premier League giants are struggling to agree a fee for the Frenchman.

Asked whether Aouar is likely to stay with Lyon, club president Jean-Michel Aulas said: ‘Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).

‘And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’

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