Late last night, a report in France suggested Tottenham would make it very difficult for Paris Saint-Germain to buy Dele Alli.
A long-time target of the French club, the England international has seen rumours about his future intensify ever since Mauricio Pochettino took over from Thomas Tuchel at the Ligue 1 champions.
Barely used by José Mourinho, Alli has seen his stock drop quite considerably over the current season, and yet Le Parisien believe Daniel Levy, always playing hardball, wants around at least €50m for his asset.
That has been corroborated by Goal France on Tuesday, who explain ‘several meetings have been organised’ since the transfer window open to make things happen, but Spurs ‘are being uncompromising’ despite the player’s wish to make the move.
This means that to bring Alli to Paris, ‘there is a need to now convince Daniel Levy’, which is described as ‘no mean feat’.
Goal state the Tottenham chairman isn’t prepared to ‘bargain away an asset he deems bankable’ even if said asset isn’t featuring.
Unlike Le Parisien, the website believe Spurs ‘have not placed an exact amount’ on the player’s back, but ‘the message is clear: no present will be made to Paris Saint-Germain for a player whose contract expires in 2024’.
Down their end, Paris Saint-Germain are ‘advancing cautiously and don’t intend on paying a high price’, but the idea of a dry loan until the end of the season has been ‘excluded from all conversations’.
A big good luck to Leonardo from everyone at Sport Witness, who now has to try and persuade Levy to lower his demands and sell someone he’d seemingly rather keep around.