Finance Expert: Levy outsmarted by PSG during Tottenham transfer talks
Paris Saint-Germain called Daniel Levy’s bluff over Dele Alli’s proposed loan move away from Tottenham.
That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the transfer window closed on 1 February.
Alli has started just once in the Premier League this season and was heavily linked with a reunion with ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in the French capital.
But, according to The Athletic, Spurs chairman Levy demanded a sizable loan fee and that 100% of Alli’s wages be paid, which caused the proposed deal to stall.
Maguire claims Levy made a mistake but Tottenham fans should not be overly concerned with their chairman as he is ordinarily a superb negotiator.
“It is a misstep for Levy but that’s just the way these things go,” he told Football Insider.
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“He is an excellent poker player and sometimes the other person actually calls your bluff.
“He wanted all the wages paid as well as a loan fee. There’s an issue now because Spurs are still having to pay the wages.
“Having said that, the way they are playing recently, it could be to Spurs benefit. They need some sort of catalyst at present and maybe he could be it further down the line.”
Levy, 58, is the longest-standing chairman in the Premier League and has been in his position at Tottenham since 2001.
He oversaw the £5million transfer of Alli from MK Dons in 2015.