Tottenham Keen to Block Permanent Dele Alli Exit

Dele Alli
Tottenham will not let Dele Alli leave easily | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur are not prepared to let midfielder Dele Alli walk away easily this summer, but a loan exit remains a possibility.

Alli has tumbled down the pecking order under José Mourinho, being dropped from the matchday squad for Spurs' last two fixtures, and he is now understood to be considering his future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Dele Alli, James Rodriguez
Alli has not been seen since the opening day of the season | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain and Inter have both expressed an interest, but according to The Telegraph, they'll have to come up with a huge sum of money if they want to take Alli on a permanent deal.

Chairman Daniel Levy is adamant that he is under no pressure to sell Alli. The midfielder still has four years remaining on his contract and will therefore command an enormous fee if Spurs are to offload him this summer.

It's believed that neither PSG nor Inter will actually come up with the kind of money Levy is looking for, so a loan move is seen as the likeliest option.

Daniel Levy
Levy will only listen to huge offers | Alex Burstow/Getty Images

If Alli cannot fight his way back into Mourinho's plans - the boss hasn't even told Alli why he has been dropped - then a loan move could be best for everyone involved, with Levy keen to ensure Alli's value remains high.

It's believed that the 24-year-old would be open to a temporary move away from Spurs as he does not want to see his club career stall. He's already out of the England squad and he wants to rectify that by the time Euro 2021 arrives.

When asked about Alli's future, Mourinho failed to offer any assurances and instead gave one of his typically cryptic responses to the question.

“I am not responsible for the market, I don’t know how to answer your question in relation to that,” he said (via The Guardian). “The only thing I can say is I left eight players behind, they stayed training this morning because they are a big group and Dele is amongst these players.

“The way the squad is is a puzzle, the bench is also a little puzzle. To have on the bench Toby [Alderweireld] and Serge [Aurier], and Moussa [Sissoko] and Gio [Lo Celso], [Erik] Lamela and [Steven] Bergwijn, I cannot have on the bench four wingers or three wingers and a No 10 and then no defenders. Everything is a puzzle so, in these two matches Dele stayed out, probably Tuesday he will play and others will stay out.”

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