PSG handed boost in Dele Alli pursuit as Tottenham transfer talks continue

Paris Saint-Germain are growing increasingly confident they will be able to sign Tottenham outcast Dele Alli on a season-long loan deal.

Jose Mourinho omitted the England international from his most recent mathcday squad, with speculation intensifying over his long-term future.

Reports emerged over the weekend that PSG were keen on bringing Alli to the Parc des Princes, having built a good relationship with Spurs bosses in recent years.

Mourinho was asked about his decision to not include the 24-year-old in the squad against Southampton, refusing to rule out a potential move.

"We have a huge squad with numbers that are very difficult to manage,” he said. “I never had it, I don't want to have it and it's not easy for me to be here with 18 players and to have 10 training at the training ground.

"Too many players, so I start with Son, with Lucas [Moura], with Harry [Kane]. On the bench, I still have Moussa Sissoko, [Erik] Lamela, [Steven] Bergwijn. We have too many players for some positions and some of them are paying the price of this."

And now, according to the Telegraph, PSG believe they may be able to strike a deal with the north Londoners before the October 5 deadline.

It is suggested there are no plans for a permanent transfer, with the Ligue 1 champions only looking to bring the 24-year-old in on loan.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is said to be reluctant to allow Alli to leave for a Premier League rival, with a move to PSG potentially preferable.

As well as interest from PSG, former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte would like him at Inter Milan, having been a long-term admirer of the midfielder.

Alli started Spurs’ Premier League opener vs Everton, but hasn’t even been included in the last two fixtures, with the player himself said to be confused and upset at his treatment.

Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard had been touted as a potential replacement, although the Athletic claim he is not a target for the Spurs boss.

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