Dele Alli, once regarded as the chosen one to rule the English midfield,is now passing through the most difficult time of his career. The 24-year-old was once linked with Spanish giants, Real Madrid for a big-money switch having showcased some vibrant displays under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Though Alli was a regular starter during the early days in the tenure of Pochettino’s successor, Jose Mourinho, that is a strained relationship now. Alli has been dropped from Spurs’ matchday squad few times this season and has mostly remained as an unused substitute on the bench. The Englishman has made just 4 appearances and has only played 74 minutes in the league so far.
In the early months of the season, Jose Mourinho used to sarcastically defend questions regarding player’s future. But he couldn’t hide his fury in the post-match presser of the League Cup semi-final, as Dele Alli’s carelessness resulted in Stoke City’s equalizer and Mourinho showed no mercy towards Alli in his words. “For me a player that plays in that position is a player that has to link-up and create and not to create more problems for his own team,” Mourinho opened up. Things have got worse for Alli since the incident.
With the crowning of Pochettino as new PSG manager, rumours of a possible reunion of Alli with his favourite boss has started to emerge. Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Alli himself is pushing for a move away to PSG. He has signed a 6-year contract in 2018, which has now turned out to be a real obstacle hindering his exit. Multiple reports say that Alli is even ready for a loan move.
Jose Mourinho refused to comment on Alli’s transfer by stating that he is not “comfortable” in answering the question. With Giovani Lo Celso out injured, Spurs may not let go of Alli this January, since it can leave them short of midfielders in the squad. Another challenge that PSG may face in facilitating the transfer would be agreeing on a deal with the tough negotiator Daniel Levy.
Financially, Ligue 1 has been hard-hit by Covid-19 and the collapse of their broadcast deal with Mediapro. Hence negotiating a reasonable fee would be a necessity for the French champions if they are to sign the 24-year-old permanently. With Alli remaining frustrated over his lack of game time, the transfer seems just a matter of time.