How Dele Alli could hold the key to Christian Eriksen’s Tottenham return

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Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on securing Christian Eriksen’s return to Tottenham this month but the club are said to have been put off by their former player’s high wages. Eriksen was an integral part of Spurs’ success in recent years but left the club in January last year for around £16.9m in a cut-price deal, due to his contract being set to expire last summer.

However, Eriksen has only started six matches in all competitions so far this season and has featured in just 84 minutes in the Serie A since October.

The 28-year-old is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League as he searches for a new club and ensure he will be in a position to start for Denmark at this summer’s European Championships.

Tottenham are one of the clubs looking at signing Eriksen in January, with Arsenal, Wolves and Real Madrid also linked.

However, Spurs are said to have been put off by his salary of around £6.6m-per-year after taxes.

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Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “The agent of Eriksen is now working to find a solution.

“Re Tottenham: Mourinho would like to have him back at Spurs on loan, but his salary [€7.5m/season after taxes] is the main issue – no advanced talks yet with #thfc. Eriksen hopes to come back to the Premier League.”

If his salary is indeed the main obstacle in a potential return, Spurs’ hopes of landing Eriksen would be helped if they could free up some wages.

And one of the biggest earners at Tottenham is Dele Alli, who is said to be on around £100,000 per week.

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Alli has only played in the Premier League for eight minutes since October 4 and has appeared for just 74 minutes in total.

The England international has not started a league game for Spurs since the opening game of the season, when he was hauled off at half time.

It has led to talk that Alli could leave in January, with the midfielder said to be a transfer target for several clubs, including Newcastle United, Everton, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, who are now managed by his old boss Mauricio Pochettino.

After Alli’s impressive showing at the weekend, Mourinho seemed to indicate Alli might be on the verge of securing more game time.

But the Spurs boss then failed to bring on the midfielder in the midweek draw with Fulham, despite his side’s need for a winner in the 1-1 draw and him only using two substitutes.

This led to Alli posting a picture of himself looking far from happy on Instagram within half an hour of the final whistle.

Mourinho was asked about Alli’s future ahead of tomorrow’s game with Sheffield United and stated he was “not ready to make public” his stance on the matter.

“In every dressing room are unhappy players,” Mourinho said. “For sure, if any one of us, of my tribe, tells you that in his dressing room there are only happy players, I don’t think it’s true. Or somebody is so, so lucky to have a miracle in his hands.

“Then you can have [an] unhappy professional and the unhappy professional is the one that is unhappy but feels that his duty is to work, work, work and work.

“And there is the unhappy [player] that believes that it’s not his job to fight and to work every minute for the squad and for the club.”

Mourinho added: “The question is if I let Dele go without getting a player in exchange and I’m not going to answer that.

“It’s not a question that I am comfortable to answer. Of course, I would know how to answer. But I am not ready to answer. I am not ready to make public my vision of the situation.”

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