Real Madrid have reportedly rejected the chance to sign Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli as part of the deal to take Gareth Bale back to north London.
The Wales winger looks to be closing in on a surprise return to Spurs, seven years after he quit for the Bernabeu in a world-record transfer.
The 31-year-old is set to sign on loan, with the Spanish giants paying a proportion of his wages to supplement the deal.
The Daily Telegraph had reported on Tuesday evening that Real were looking to sign Dele on a temporary basis as part of the transfer.
The England international’s future at Spurs has been cast into doubt after he was hauled off at half-time of the 1-0 loss to Everton on Sunday, while he also been left out of the squad for the Europa clash against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
The former MK Dons man has previously been singled out for criticism by Jose Mourinho. The Spurs chief has, however, denied there is a problem with the player.
They claim that the 24-year-old was never an option as Real made it abundantly clear early on that they were not interested.
The report adds that not only was the financial side of things a problem, Real don’t want to take on his wages when they’re trying to save money to pursue PSG’s Kylian Mbappe next summer.
Zidane stills resents Alli comments
Real boss Zinedine Zidane also still resents Alli for comments he made towards Real in 2017.
Alli bagged two goals in a 3-1 win over the Spanish giants in the Champions League group stage that year. After which he claimed he should have managed a hat-trick.
Zidane did not respond positively to that as Alli’s goals were not impressive – one was offside and the other was a deflection – and Real’s squad was depleted by injuries.
football.london, meanwhile, adds that Spurs do not expect to offload Alli this summer, despite Bale’s potential arrival.