Spurs started their season with a 5-2 demolition of Southampton – Heung-min Son scoring four times at St Mary’s.
The victory came less than a day after Spurs announced the double signing of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon. Despite the double transfer boost, Spurs still want more with a striker next on the list.
To this end, the club have reportedly opened talks with a Dutch striker with 130 goals.
One man who seems likely to give way is Dele. The midfielder was left out of the squad for Sunday’s victory; a decision which appeared to shock the Tottenham team.
The midfielder has since emerged as a possible target for PSG and talks about a move are said to be ongoing. Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan are also believed to be passionate.
But any hope they had of nipping England from Spurs on the cheap was dashed by Levy.
The Spurs chief is a notoriously tough negotiator and he will not allow a man he once classified in the £ 100million bracket to leave for a song.
Indeed, the likelihood of Tottenham receiving something close to their current valuation for Dele in these times of conflict with Covid appears low.
As is The telegraph of the day claims Levy has warned suitors not to expect a cut-price deal.
Additionally, they state that Levy has informed Dele’s suitors that their best hopes lie in signing a season-long loan deal with the player. Also, Levy is only willing to deal with a foreign suitor, not a domestic rival.
Tottenham will play in the Europa League this season but will aim for a top four and a return to the Champions League.
Mourinho on Dele Alli’s future
Mourinho was in no mood to discuss Dele’s possible exit. However, he offered an explanation for leaving him at St Mary’s.
“I am not responsible for the market. I don’t know how to answer your question on this, ”he said.
“The only thing I can say is that I left eight players behind. They stayed and trained this morning because they are a big group and Dele is one of those players.
“I want a balanced team, that’s what I want.”
“Too many players, so I start with Son [Heung-min], Lucas [Moura], with Harry [Kane] and on the bench I still have Moussa Sissoko and [Erik] Lamela and [Steven] Bergwijn.
“We have too many players for some positions and some of them are paying the price.”