After taking over in Paris, Mauricio Pochettino is already working on strengthening his squad during his first transfer window in Ligue 1.
The former Spurs boss took over from Thomas Tuchel during the winter break on an 18-month contract, returning to the club where he was once captain during his playing days.
Reports suggest that he is ready to raid his former club immediately to get himself settled at his new club too, with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli reportedly among his list of targets for this winter.
Dele has barely featured for Spurs in the first part of the season, with Jose Mourinho preferring to use Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso in the more advanced midfield positions.
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The 24-year-old has struggled to make match-day squads for the most part, even being overlooked on occasion in the Europa League and Carabao Cup. With the January window upon us now and Mourinho admitting previously that his squad is too big, the likelihood of Dele being allowed to leave is high.
There were rumours of a potential move to the Parc des Princes in the summer, although nothing materialised in the end. But despite the change of manager, the French champions have retained an interest.
A loan deal seems most likely until the end of the season, with a potential buy option to make it permanent included. Spurs are unlikely to stand in Dele’s way if he wants to leave and the relationship he has with Pochettino should see that PSG are his preference over anyone else.
It’s likely that the ex-MK Dons man will be used in an advanced role, similarly to the way he was at Tottenham under Pochettino. With Neymar to the left and Mbappe on the right, his defensive duties may be a bit more pronounced but PSG dominate games in a way that Spurs never quite did and therefore he will still have plenty of attacking freedom.
While also playing in a weaker league for one of the strongest teams in Europe, some good performances in the league but also in the Champions League could see Dele force his way back into contention for the England squad as Euro 2020 takes place this summer.
He hasn’t featured in an England squad since being left out of the squads in October 2019 but manager Gareth Southgate said it was strictly performance related, so it’s possible that a run of good games get him back in the side.