Pundit Exclusive: Tottenham may sell star in £60m loan-to-buy amid Sky update
Darren Bent has suggested Tottenham could land £60million next summer by allowing Dele Alli to initially leave on loan in January.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the 24-year-old’s value is plummeting while he sits on the bench in north London but that a temporary move could boost his asking price.
Sky Sports report that Tottenham are not interested in letting the former MK Dons man leave on loan next month amid interest from French giants PSG.
Alli has started just four times in nine appearances across all competitions and made his first Premier League outing in nine games with a five-minute cameo against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Bent has insisted the attacking midfielder needs to be playing regular first-team football and suggested a temporary switch could help Spurs capitalise when they eventually cash in.
“It’s certainly one of them where I think he certainly needs to address what’s going on in January,” Bent told Football Insider.
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“Yeah, I’d love to see Dele Alli stay and work for his place but at the same time, he is way too good of a footballer to be sitting on somebody’s bench for a Europa League tie. He should be in the first-team, let alone (on the bench).
“If he’s not doing the business, I understand why Mourinho is not putting him in there but I think in January, something needs to happen where he goes another way or something. They certainly need to sort out because it’s not good enough.
“With someone like him, you’re not getting the full value. I mean if they want to sell him, you’re not going to sell him for what you want to sell him for if he’s just sitting around on the bench.
“He needs to playing games so for me we can abs, if a loan deal’s all you can do, he might go to PSG, absolutely rip it up, play really, really well and PSG are like: ‘Well we need to sign him.’
“If he goes and has half a season like the Dele Alli we know, PSG might go: ‘We’ll give you £60million, £50million for him,’ and Spurs would snap your hand off. I think his value, while he’s sitting on the bench, is going down.”