Dele Alli seals Besiktas loan in move that could bring Everton £8m

Dele Alli has completed a season’s loan move from Everton to Besiktas that gives the Turkish club the option to buy the midfielder.

Alli has experienced a disappointing spell at Everton since joining from Tottenham last January, making 13 appearances, including two as a substitute this season.

Besiktas have an option to buy for £6m before 1 January or for £8m after that until June. Alli will otherwise return to Everton, where he would have one year on his contract.

Everton signed Alli on a free but have to pay Spurs £10m if he makes 20 appearances for them. Further add-ons are dependent on team and individual achievements.

Besiktas, who finished sixth last season, are level with the top club, Fenerbahce, after three matches. Besiktas supporters gave Alli a raucous welcome when he arrived at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul to seal his transfer.

Winger Nicolas Pépé has left Arsenal to join Nice on loan for the 2022-23 season. The Ivory Coast international returns to Ligue 1, having previously played for Lille, Orleans and Angers.

Pépé joined Arsenal in 2019 from Lille and went on to make 111 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 27 goals and winning the FA Cup in 2020. “Everyone at Arsenal wishes Nico well in France with Nice next season,” the Premier League club said on their website.