Tottenham Hotspur to part with Dele Alli only if they can land Christian Eriksen
Alli has garnered much attention from French champions PSG, now managed by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. It was under the Argentine that Alli developed into a superstar in North London.
The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour under Pochettino’s successor Jose Mourinho. Alli has made just 12 appearances this season, of which only six came as a starter. (h/t Transfermarkt)
The player for his part is keen to move to PSG. Not only will it give him more opportunities to play but also give rise to hope that Pochettino can once again bring the best out of him. The midfielder has not looked the same player under Mourinho and could do with some reminding as to his ability.
PSG director Leonardo and Mourinho are both keen on seeing Alli make the switch. However, Daniel Levy will only sanction the deal if he can land Eriksen. The Dane, who left Tottenham last January, has found life hard at Inter.
He did, however, give a glimpse of his ability last weekend. His stoppage-time winner ensured Inter got the best of arch-rivals AC Milan. It was a moment that was a throwback to his best bits at the Lane.
Leaving it too late?
Antonio Conte admitted recently that no player will leave the San Siro this month. This has, however, not stopped Tottenham from pursuing their former star. Interestingly, this domino effect looks set to impact Alli the most.
The addition of Eriksen will give Spurs enough impetus in attack from the midfield. It is an aspect that has been lacking of late as we continue to be too predictable upfront. The Dane at the very least will give Mourinho another option going forward.
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With time running out, Spurs have mere hours to work out a deal. With a number of issues including finances set to be ironed out, it is truly a war against time to get both deals over the line. It could prove to be a hectic end to the January window in North London.