Arsene Wenger admits Dele Alli was on Arsenal’s radar before the midfielder moved to Tottenham.
Arsenal will come up against Spurs talisman Alli in Sunday’s North London derby after the 21-year-old has continued to go from strength-to-strength this season.
Alli has been crowned PFA Young Player of the Year for the last two seasons, with figures in excess of £50million mooted for the England international’s current price tag.
Wenger says #afc watched Dele Alli "many, many times" when he was at Milton Keynes. Asked how close a deal was, he said: "I don't know."
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Ex-Liverpool chief executive Ian Eyre claimed this week that the club rejected signing Alli, prior to his move from MK Dons to Spurs in February 2015.
And Wenger claims that Arsenal also scouted Alli after he emerged through the ranks at the Football League outfit.
Dele Alli has personalised sandals saying DELSTROYER.
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"Yes, I think we looked at him. We watched him a few times because we watched a lot at Milton Keynes,” said Wenger.
"He has done extremely well and is a very complete player. It's marvellous at his age. They've done well to buy him and to give him a chance."