Speaking recently to The Spurs Web, Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge provided an update on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli.
Having played just 74 minutes of Premier League football this season, the future of Dele Alli has been one of the biggest stories of the January transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain reported to be keen on signing the £34.2 million-rated 24-year-old, while Tottenham, despite his limited game time, are said to be unconvinced on sanctioning a move away from north London.
And, rather unsurprisingly, the latest on Alli was one topic of conversation in a recent interview Bridge gave to The Spurs Web, in which the journalist discussed what he believed the outcome of the transfer saga would be.
He said: “If – and this is a big if – if Dele Alli does end up joining PSG before Monday’s deadline, it will only be on loan. Daniel Levy – and I’ve heard this from very, very good information – does not want to sell Dele Alli.
“Everyone can see this, as well – the best Dele Alli was worth probably the [highest] amount for an English player a couple of years ago. He beat [Steven] Gerrard’s record, [Paul] Scholes’ record, [Frank] Lampard’s goalscoring record, [at] 19. No one expected it, just coming after Milton Keynes Dons.
“People can say to me that that’s not the same Dele Alli, you might have a point. But they will not risk it; I’m telling you, they’re not going to. So, even if someone says to me, ‘That’s not the Dele Alli we know, he’s changed, he’s not as good anymore’ that may be, but would anyone really take the risk? Would you take the risk? Would you take £35-45 million? I certainly wouldn’t, absolutely not.”
Should Spurs let Dele Alli leave?
TIF Thoughts on Michael Bridge’s comments regarding Dele Alli…
From Bridge’s comments, it would appear that Spurs will not be taking the ‘risk’ – as the journalist puts it – of allowing Alli to leave the club on anything other than a loan deal this month, as the club do not feel that the £35-45 million they could potentially receive for the midfielder would be a fair reflection of his value.
However, with other reports suggesting that Tottenham will not let the 24-year-old leave the club until they have signed a replacement – something which appears an odd stance considering how little he has played this season – and just a matter of days remaining until the closure of the winter window, in our opinion, we would not expect to see Alli leave Spurs anytime soon.