Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Dele Alli remains Paris Saint-Germain’s main midfield transfer priority this summer.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was heavily linked with a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino in the French capital during the January transfer window only for chairman Daniel Levy to block a loan deal despite Jose Mourinho having been willing to allow the switch to happen (talkSPORT).
Dele struggled for regular first team football under Mourinho, having made just two Premier League starts for the North Londoners before the Portuguese was sacked last month.
The 25-year-old became one of the brightest young players in European football under the management of Pochettino which saw him reach 50 Premier League goals in a quicker time than Eden Hazard, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard (The Sun).
“Yes Dele Alli would be the first target for Paris Saint-Germain in the midfield,” Romano told CBS.
“They want Dele Alli, he was really close in January but the president of Tottenham Daniel Levy decided to keep the player.
“But we know the relationship between Pochettino and Dele Alli, he was amazing at Tottenham with him and that’s why Pochettino’s pushing to have him in the summer.
“Let’s see what Tottenham will decide and let’s see who will be the new coach of Tottenham who will be the key to decide for the club if keeping Dele Alli or letting him leave the club [sic].
“But for sure Pochettino will push again because he wants strongly Dele Alli [sic].”
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) May 4, 2021
It seems unlikely that Tottenham would sell Dele in the summer given the fact that a new manager is set to arrive and the midfielder will likely have a fresh opportunity to win back his place in the team. Despite the fact his form as been questionable for some time, there is no doubting the talent and quality he can bring when he is at the top of his game.
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