Financial expert Kieran Maguire has claimed that Daniel Levy made a mistake with Dele Alli after Paris Saint-Germain called the Tottenham chairman’s bluff during their negotiations for the midfielder.
Dele who has been a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho this season, was heavily linked with a loan move to PSG the entire way through the January window.
It was reported that Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated with Levy for not allowing the England international to move to the Ligue 1 giants on a temporary basis as both the player and Jose Mourinho were happy for the deal to go through.
The Athletic claimed on transfer deadline day that one of the reasons the deal fell through was because Levy was demanding a sizable loan fee from the Parisians while also insisting that they cover the entirety of the midfielder’s wages.
Maguire argued that Tottenham got the short end of the stick in the deal as they are now continuing to pay the full wages of a player who has hardly figured this season.
When asked about Alli’s failed move to PSG, Maguire told Football Insider: “It is a misstep for Levy but that’s just the way these things go.
“He is an excellent poker player and sometimes the other person actually calls your bluff.
“He wanted all the wages paid as well as a loan fee. There’s an issue now because Spurs are still having to pay the wages.
“Having said that, the way they are playing recently, it could be to Spurs benefit. They need some sort of catalyst at present and maybe he could be it further down the line.”
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We know that Levy usually tends to stick to his guns during negotiations and it is an approach that has worked for him more often than not. However, it is anyone’s guess why Alli’s move to PSG collapsed. The Spurs chairman might have been hesitant to give the green light due to footballing reasons given the team’s poor form over recent weeks.
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