Tottenham’s decision to offer Dele Alli as part of their bid to bring Gareth Bale back to the club has been explained by a pundit.
Spurs and Real Madrid are locked in talks over Bale after his agent made this massive transfer admission.
“Gareth still loves Spurs,” his agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport Wales. “It’s where he wants to be.”
The LaLiga giants are desperate to get the playmaker off their books, while Jose Mourinho is keen to bring the player back to the club.
Bale has already admitted he is ready to return to England, with his days numbered at the Bernabeu.
However, financing such a deal won’t be easy. That’s despite Real willing to let him leave for just €20m and paying 50% of his wages for the next two years.
In an effort to reduce their outlay, a report claimed Daniel Levy was willing to offer Alli as part of the package.
News of the England star’s potential exit has raised a few eyebrows. However, one pundit claims Mourinho and Alli fell out before Tottenham’s home defeat to Everton on Sunday.
“I feel like they need a No 10 as well because I’m hearing from a good source that Dele Alli and Mourinho have fallen out.”
Tensions between Alli and Mourinho appear to have been brewing for some time.
During the Amazon Prime ‘All or Nothing’ documentary, Mourinho is seen repeatedly questioning the player’s attitude.
Mourinho claimed Alli ‘doesn’t train well’ and is ‘lazy’ in one of the episodes. In another, he questioned his ‘party boy’ lifestyle.
Alli scored nine goals and contributed six assists in 38 appearances for Tottenham last season.
However, there is a general feeling among supporters that his form has stagnated somewhat since his impressive 2016/17 season that saw him plunder 22 goals.
Tottenham tipped to sign striker
Agbonlahor also believes that Spurs urgently need another striker to ease the goalscoring burden on Harry Kane.
The punditadded: “I feel if they don’t get a striker and get off to a bad start, I can see Mourinho walking or getting the sack.
“He is used to spending money. He is not used to begging for a striker.”
Tottenham have been linked with many names, with an 189-goal Holland striker said to be atop of their wish-list.
Spurs travel to Bulgaria on Thursday for their first Europa League qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.