Pochettino ‘frustrated’ as details emerge of collapse of Dele Alli transfer

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 3:25 - Samuel Bannister

Mauricio Pochettino is not happy with his former employer Daniel Levy for not allowing him to take Dele Alli to Paris Saint-Germain.

Pochettino worked with Alli for four years at Tottenham, and wanted to reunite with him after landing the PSG job recently.

Alli has fallen out of favour under Pochettino’s successor Jose Mourinho. The midfielder is yet to complete a full game in any competition this season.

Hence, there was intense speculation that the England international could have left Tottenham in January. PSG wanted to take him on loan for the rest of the season.

However, the move ultimately failed to go through.

According to the Daily Mail, the transfer had the green light from Pochettino, Alli and Mourinho. However, the one man who stood in the way of its completion was Levy.

The Spurs supremo refused to let the 24-year-old without signing a replacement. With no players coming in on deadline day, Alli was not let out.

That has left Pochettino “frustrated”, according to the report. It will also leave Alli with plenty of questions.

The midfielder has only started one Premier League game so far this season and that was back on the opening day.

Alli has not played for England since 2019 and it seems highly unlikely he will make it to Euro 2020.

The report adds that his future will come into question again in the summer if his situation has not improved. Pochettino could retain his interest.

It may be easier for Spurs to source a replacement in the summer than it was last month. In that case, there may be hope for Alli yet.

In the meantime, though, he will have to see out the season in north London. He has “fears” about how much gametime he will get, but will have to knuckle down and prove himself to Mourinho.

Eriksen was considered

Tottenham could have sanctioned Alli’s exit if they had managed to bring back Christian Eriksen to the club.

Eriksen left them for Inter one year ago but has struggled in Italy. Therefore, there were rumours that he could return to Tottenham.

That ultimately failed to materialise. Hence, Alli was not permitted to leave, and Spurs may have to consider other alternatives in the summer.

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