Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy made “a misstep” in his January negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over Dele Alli’s transfer.
Alli was linked with a move to the Ligue 1 side to reunite with his former manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who now leads PSG, however, that move ultimately didn’t happen.
Why did Alli’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to PSG not happen?
Per The Athletic, it became apparent that Alli’s ‘hopes of leaving Tottenham’ were dashed before deadline day began.
David Ornstein explained that as well as the fact Tottenham struggled to find a replacement for the 24-year-old, Levy wanted PSG to cover the full cost of Alli’s loan move, player wages included, and it’s suggested that this put the French side off the deal.
Did Levy make a mistake?
What has Maguire said about Levy’s negotiating?
Maguire told Football Insider that “it is a misstep for Levy” that he tried to get the deal done in this way, explaining that PSG called his bluff, which suggests that while Les Parisiens wanted the player, they never wanted him quite as much as Levy seemed to think they might have and were happy to end the window without adding Alli to their ranks.
Additionally, Maguire went on to say that Tottenham now have “an issue” in that they’re still paying Alli all of his wages while he is making no impact on the pitch.
Per Spotrac, Alli earns £100k-per-week at Spurs, making him the north London club’s joint-sixth-highest earner, while his role in the squad this season may not suggest he’s this important to Jose Mourinho’s plans, as he has played just 4% of all possible Premier League minutes for the Lilywhites.
As a result of Alli not playing a significant role for Spurs this season, one can see why Maguire believes their failure to get him off the wage bill is “an issue.”
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