Jose Mourinho was “upset” when Daniel Levy overruled him and blocked the January exit of Dele Alli to Paris Saint-Germain, Football Insider understands.
Mourinho had wanted the England international out last summer and it was the same again in the winter window when extensive discussions were held with PSG over a loan deal.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that financial reasons were at the heart of Levy pulling the plug on talks.
PSG were willing to pay a loan fee for Alli but not the £3million demanded by the Spurs chairman.
Levy’s preference was also for a permanent transfer in January.
He valued Alli at £45million even though transfer prices were tumbling across the board in Europe and the player had been virtually frozen out of the Spurs team in the opening half of the campaign.
PSG were unwilling to do business at anywhere near that sum and talks ground to a halt.
Levy felt Alli’s transfer value would climb again if he was playing regularly at a high level for Tottenham in the second half of the campaign.
The attacking midfielder stayed and has been used more regularly by Mourinho over the past month as his squad has become stretched.
But the 24-year-old has only started one Premier League match since the opening day of the season when he was subbed at half-time.
Moreover, he has reached nowhere near the levels of a few seasons ago when he was regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young stars.
More than half of his game time has come in the Europa League and he was an unused sub again in last Sunday’s Premier League win against Aston Villa.
Levy had felt Tottenham were well placed to ride out Alli’s poor patch as he is contracted until 2024 and still should have his best years ahead of him.
But there is now a feeling at the top of the club, the source explained, that a sale at half January’s asking price is likely.
Barring a brilliant finish to the season from Alli, Tottenham will be working on a £25m summer sale.
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