According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would prefer to see Dele Alli leave on loan rather than a permanent exit in this window.
The 37-capped England international has been left out of the last two squads by Jose Mourinho, and is allegedly attracting interest from Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, in a COVID-hit market, Levy does not want to lose an asset he valued at £100 million as recently as last season on the cheap, according to the report.
As a result, the Daily Mail state that the most likely scenario is that, if he is to depart, then Alli will leave on a season-long loan.
It would also be to an overseas club given Levy’s reluctance to sell.
This is a shrewd stance from the Spurs chairman.
The former MK Dons man scored 18 Premier League goals in one season back in 2016/17.
If he can rediscover even a glimpse of that form, Tottenham have a big asset on their hands who is still only 24.
To sanction a permanent exit now would be foolish from the north Londoners.
There is absolutely no harm in seeing if the attacking midfielder can resurrect his career on loan elsewhere, before a more concrete decision is made.
Levy has every right to not want Alli to depart for good, especially in a pandemic-hit market.