Sources: Tottenham plan for selling Dele Alli revealed - and why he started last five games

Tottenham are planning to sell Dele Alli this summer even though he started the last five matches of the season, Football Insider understands.

The England international returned to the team under interim boss Ryan Mason but that does not point towards a big turnaround in his Spurs career.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club will listen to offers for Alli, 25, in the upcoming window.

He is said to be difficult to manage behind the scenes and Spurs want to find a permanent buyer for him.

Alli’s return to the fold was partly motivated by signs of a return to form, but it also showcased his talent to potential buyers at an opportune time.

Many regular Spurs watchers were perplexed that he was back in the central attacking midfield role ahead of Tanguy Ndombele, who has had an encouraging second season at the club.

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Former manager Jose Mourinho had wanted Alli out last summer and it was the same again in the winter window when extensive discussions were held with PSG over a loan deal.

Chairman Daniel Levy blocked that transfer as the French giants were not willing to pay the £3million loan fee demanded.

He has made just seven league starts among 29 appearances in all competitions this season, with seven of his eight goal contributions coming in the Europa League and the FA Cup.

Alli himself noted after Sunday’s 4-2 win over Leicester – a match in which he was subbed after 68 minutes with Spurs 2-1 down – that he has just completed “the most difficult season in my career”.

 

Spurs have no hope of securing a huge fee for a player who was regarded a few seasons ago as one of Europe’s brightest young stars.

Like Harry Kane, he is contracted until the summer of 2024.

In other news, Tottenham have presented manager shortlist to the board and will make appointment this week.