Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is keen to resist offers from clubs keen to buy Dele Alli in January but may be open to a loan move, Football Insider has been told.
Alli, 24, will soon need to decide whether to ask for a move in January as he looks to reignite a career that once promised greatness.
Jose Mourinho has claimed it will not be up to him whether the England international stays at Spurs in the upcoming transfer window.
The final decision is set to rest with long-standing chief Levy, who knocked back attempts from Paris Saint-Germain to sign Alli on loan in the summer transfer window.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the Spurs chairman still believes the England international has a long-term future at the club.
He regards him as a high-value asset who is good enough and young enough to shine in the team this season and beyond.
Levy is also aware that Alli’s value in the market has dramatically plummeted in recent times, most notably through his fringe role this season.
The best chance for that to increase is for the attacking midfielder to be playing regularly again at a high level.
That could mean a January loan for the player, who is likely to request a temporary move to get game time.
Tottenham believe they are well placed to ride out Alli’s poor patch in the long term as he is contracted until 2024 and still should have his best years ahead of him.
Mourinho is building his midfield around another headline summer capture, Pierre-Emile Hjojberg, club-record capture Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko, with Giovani Lo Celso as first choice back-up.
That has seen England international pair Winks and Alli fall down the pecking order this season.
Alli’s demotion is especially stark and he has failed to even make the matchday 18 for Spurs’ last six Premier League games and has even struggled for game time in the Europa League.