Bayern Munich scouts will be at Manchester United's match against MK Dons tonight, but they are not interested in a Red Devil's star.
Bayern Munich scouts will reportedly be at Manchester United’s game against MK Dons, but they won’t be keeping tabs on a player from Louis van Gaal’s side.
Instead, they are there to get a first hand report on MK’s top prospect, Dele Alli.
The imposing central midfielder has become a star at the League One club and already there are a host of admirers.
The 18-year-old has a build that belies his tender years and his playing style is already superior to most down in the lower divisions.
Alli came through the Dons’ burgeoning youth-system and looks one of the finest prospects in the whole of English football.
He has already netted seven times for the club and was a mainstay for the side in their campaign last year, where they finished in a mid-table spot in England’s third division.
He appears to have progressed already, after a pre-season too, and scored during the club’s recent derby defeat to Peterborough United to get his goal-scoring account open for this season.
He will now be looking to prove that he can compete at the highest level – with United providing a tough test tonight.
The Red Devils were expected to name a weakened side this evening, but their poor start may have forced Louis Van Gaal to name his experienced campaigners to ensure against an upset.
If the Dutchman does pick a strong side then the Bayern scouts will be a strong position to gauge just how talented Alli is and MK chairman, Pete Winkleman, says they will not stand in his way if an offer comes in.
“Dele has seen that his best way of developing is to play for us,” he said to the Telegraph. “At the point when he will get in the first-team squad [of a top team], he goes with our blessing, hoping he will be a huge success because in his history is our history.”
Alli wouldn’t be the first youngster from the lower-leagues which Bayern have signed if he does move to the Bundesliga champions.
The club have purchased Dale Jennings from Tranmere Rovers previously, but the transfer didn’t work out and the fleet-footed winger is now back in England, plying his trade for Barnsley.