Alli in PSG talks af­ter fresh snub

Spurs mid­fielder up­set af­ter Mour­inho ex­cludes him again French club ready to take Eng­land in­ter­na­tional on loan

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Foot­ball By Ja­son Burt, Matt Law and Jim White

Paris St-Ger­main are in talks to sign Dele Alli, with the mid­fielder hav­ing been left up­set and con­fused af­ter be­ing omit­ted from the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur squad for a sec­ond game in a row.

The like­li­hood is that Alli – who did not travel to Southamp­ton for yes­ter­day’s 5-2 vic­tory at St Mary’s – will leave Spurs on a sea­son-long loan, al­though Jose Mour­inho sug­gested he would fea­ture in to­mor­row’s EFL Cup tie away to League Two Ley­ton Ori­ent.

Tot­ten­ham are ex­pected to make a raft of changes for that match as they jug­gle a con­gested fix­ture list that also in­cludes a 3,000-mile round trip to play Shk­endija in North Mace­do­nia in the Europa League on Thurs­day.

Tot­ten­ham last week of­fered Alli to Real Madrid, also on a sea­son’s loan, as part of the ne­go­ti­a­tions to bring Gareth Bale back to Spurs and to sign left-back Ser­gio Reguilon for £27.5 mil­lion.

Alli is at­tract­ing in­ter­est from In­ter Mi­lan as well as PSG.

The 24-year-old’s team-mates have been sur­prised at his treat­ment by Mour­inho. He was sub­sti­tuted at half-time dur­ing the 1-0 de­feat at home to Ever­ton. He then did not travel to Bul­garia for the Europa League tie against Loko­mo­tiv Plov­div last Thurs­day.

Alli was then snubbed for a third time when Mour­inho did not in­clude him in the 18-man squad for the match at St Mary’s.

When Mour­inho was asked about the sig­nif­i­cance of the omis­sion, he said: “The only thing I can say is that I left eight play­ers be­hind, they stayed train­ing this morn­ing. They are a big group; Dele was amongst these. I can’t start with all of them. I can­not have a bench with­out de­fend­ers.

“If a squad is a puz­zle, a bench is also a lit­tle puz­zle. I can­not have on the bench four wingers, a No 10 and no de­fend­ers. In these last two matches, Dele stays out. Maybe on Tues­day he will be back.”

Asked whether Alli was likely to leave, Mour­inho added: “I am not re­spon­si­ble for the mar­ket, I don’t know how to an­swer that ques­tion. What I want is a bal­anced squad. That’s what I want.

“He doesn’t need to be sac­ri­ficed, but a squad is a puz­zle.”

PSG are in the mar­ket for a mid­field player – as one of three asked for by coach Thomas Tuchel – and it is un­der­stood that sport­ing di­rec­tor Leonardo has been con­sid­er­ing a move for Chelsea’s Tiemoue

Bakayoko. AC Mi­lan, who took the France in­ter­na­tional on loan in 2018-19, are also in­ter­ested in bring­ing him back to the San Siro. But Bakayoko is con­tracted to Chelsea un­til 2022 and the two clubs have yet to reach an agree­ment.

It may be that PSG se­cure Alli on a per­ma­nent trans­fer but ini­tial talks have cen­tred on a loan move.

It is be­lieved that Alli is keen to move and is at­tracted by the pos­si­bil­ity of join­ing the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal­ists.

PSG have been long-term ad­mir­ers of Alli, whose con­tract at Spurs runs un­til 2024, and also like the idea of sign­ing an English player. It cer­tainly does not ap­pear that Alli fea­tures in Mour­inho’s plans and a new chal­lenge could ap­peal as he seeks to win back his place in the Eng­land squad. Alli would un­doubt­edly be at­tracted by the prospect of play­ing along­side Kylian Mbappe and Ney­mar and com­pet­ing again in the Cham­pi­ons League.

His lat­est omis­sion came as a ma­jor sur­prise within the Spurs squad as he is a pop­u­lar fig­ure with team-mates. He is un­der­stood to have been left up­set and con­fused by the de­ci­sion, with play­ers now con­cerned that he will be frozen out un­der Mour­inho if he re­mains at the club.

Mour­inho was far more pos­i­tive about the sign­ings of Bale – even though he will not be fit for an­other month – and Reguilon.

“A coach al­ways likes to have the best play­ers in his squad. Gareth, when fit and in con­di­tion, is one of the top play­ers in Europe, and Ser­gio was amaz­ing last sea­son in Sevilla,” Mour­inho added.

“So if you ask me if I’m happy to have these play­ers I have to say yes, I am, but there are other things that make a team and make a squad.”

Mour­inho also con­firmed that he still hoped to sign a striker hav­ing seen Southamp­ton re­buff his club’s ini­tial at­tempt to sign Danny Ings, who scored both of the home side’s goals at St Mary’s yes­ter­day.

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