In Focus: Tottenham Hotspur have secret weapon to warn off suitors

Real Madrid feel that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is the biggest obstacle in their pursuit of Dele Alli, according to Marca.

What’s the story?

It is not the first time that the midfielder has been linked with a big-money move to Spain, and it is unlikely to be the last.

Alli took time to find form this season, but he was one of the standout players in a recent 3-1 victory over Madrid in the Champions League at Wembley.

The 21-year-old scored twice, showing that he can cut it on the elite stage, just two years after signing for Spurs from MK Dons.

According to Marca, Alli has impressed Real club president Florentino Perez, but the club feel that Levy will provide a stumbling block.

How crucial could Levy be in keeping Alli?

A chairman at any football club plays a pivotal role with regards to transfer spending, but it is Levy’s approach that has given him a reputation.

The businessman is known for being very shrewd having forced a then-world record £85m from Madrid for the sale of Gareth Bale in 2013.

The saga went on for weeks, with Levy seemingly not backing down in his valuation of the player.

With regards to Alli and all of Tottenham’s top players, it is highly unlikely that the chairman will allow any of them to leave for anything less than an astronomical figure.

Levy could end up being a huge reason why certain players remain at the North London outfit.