A fresh update over the future of Dele Alli at Tottenham Hotspur has emerged as the 11pm transfer deadline rapidly approaches…
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 24-year-old’s move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain is definitely ‘not happening’ despite the player pushing to leave north London this window.
It’s claimed that Spurs have refused to let him go as they couldn’t find a suitable replacement.
“It’s over,” said Romano on Twitter.
It has been quite the January transfer saga with Alli.
Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG had been interested in the summer and reignited their pursuit earlier this month, but there had been a contrast in views in the Spurs camp over his potential departure.
On the one hand, manager Jose Mourinho was happy to sanction his exit – it’s easy to see why given he’s restricted him to only 472 minutes all season – whilst chairman Daniel Levy was completely opposed to it.
That was the word from talkSPORT’s Jim White earlier today.
This stance is almost a mirror image to the Tanguy Ndombele situation throughout the end of last season and into the summer, as reported by the Express.
So, Romano’s latest update should have the tough-negotiator delighted as he’s once again fought against a key Mourinho decision and now it’ll be on him to convince the 58-year-old into playing him more often.
He’s also already surpassed his two-goal tally from last season too.
Spurs remain in all league and cup competitions, of which they have a Carabao Cup final and the Europa League knockout stages to contend with, so Mourinho is going to need plenty of options throughout the remainder of the season.
An injury to Ndombele could certainly open the door to Alli becoming involved more often, especially with Giovani Lo Celso still on the treatment table.
If that does occur at some point, then Mourinho can thank Levy for keeping hold of the English attacking midfielder.
Even then, Spurs’ recent performances leave you pondering if Alli could make an impact. Alasdair Gold at football.london believes “Tottenham could do with a firing Dele Alli right now” – and indeed they could after two successive defeats in the league.
Now valued at €40m (£36m), Alli must repay Levy’s faith in him by putting his head down and delivering in training even despite the likely disappointment of not sealing a reunion with Pochettino.
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