Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to dig his heels in over Dele Alli and has warned his suitors he won’t be sold on the cheap.
Spurs got their season off and running with a 5-2 demolition of Southampton – Heung-min Son scoring four times at St Mary’s.
The win came less than a day after Spurs announced the double signing of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon. Despite the double transfer boost, Spurs are still after more with a striker next on the list.
One man who does look likely to make way is Dele. The midfielder was left out of the squad for Sunday’s win; a decision that appeared to shock the Tottenham squad.
The midfielder has since emerged as a possible target for PSG and talks over a move are said to be underway. Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan are also thought to be keen.
But any hopes they had of pinching the England man away from Spurs on the cheap has been wiped out by Levy.
The Spurs chief is a notoriously-tough negotiator and he won’t allow a man he once rated in the £100m-bracket to leave for a song.
Indeed, the likelihood of Tottenham receiving anything near their current valuation for Dele in these Covid-embattled times seems remote.
As such, the Daily Telegraph claims Levy has warned suitors not to expect a cut-price deal.
Furthermore, they state Levy has informed Dele’s suitors that their best hopes lie in signing the player on a season-long loan deal. In addition, Levy is only willing to deal with an overseas suitor and not a domestic rival.
Tottenham will play in the Europa League this season but will target a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League.
Mourinho on Dele Alli future
Mourinho wasn’t in the mood for discussing Dele’s possible exit. However, he did offer an explanation for leaving him out at St Mary’s.
“I’m not responsible for the market. I don’t know how to answer your question in relation to that,” he said.
“The only thing I can say is that I left eight players behind. They stayed and trained this morning because they are a big group and Dele is amongst these players.
“I want a balanced squad, that’s what I want.”
“Too many players, so I start with Son [Heung-min], Lucas [Moura], with Harry [Kane] and on the bench I still have Moussa Sissoko and [Erik] Lamela and [Steven] Bergwijn.
“We have too many players for some positions and some of them are paying the price of this.”