Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has established a reputation for being a hard negotiator over the years, and it seems that the Spanish media know all about him.
It comes amid fresh speculation that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Dele Alli, just one of several top class individuals in the current Tottenham squad as Mauricio Pochettino has them pushing on in their bid to end the wait for major trophies.
Alli and Harry Kane have been the stand-out duo in that pursuit, with the former scoring 22 goals and providing 13 assists in 50 appearances last season, while he’s got seven goals and an assist in 13 games so far this year.
However, according to Marca, after his brace against Real in the Champions League earlier this week, Alli is now emerging as a potential target for the reigning Spanish and European champions.
While there’s no doubt that the 21-year-old would be a great signing, the problem for the Spanish publication lies in the fact that Levy will undoubtedly drive a hard bargain in negotiations, provided that Tottenham would even be open to having a conversation about Alli.
Such is his importance to the team coupled with the fact that Spurs have to break out of this selling club pattern with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale previously moving to the Spanish capital as well as Levy’s likely demands, it makes the entire transfer highly unlikely as Tottenham must now push on and take advantage of their current standing by strengthening and not losing key individuals.
Marca fairly add that it’s likely Levy will demand something close to the transfer record fees seen with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe moving to Paris Saint-Germain this past summer, and so it’s going to cost Madrid if they are able to convince the Premier League outfit to sell.
However, as their season shows signs of being a disappointment at this early stage as they trail Barcelona in the La Liga table and slipped to second place in their Champions League group, perhaps Florentino Perez will plot a marquee signing in the summer to help them bounce back.