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French media claims Daniel Levy has softened on letting Dele leave Tottenham

But that doesn’t mean it’ll happen in January.

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There are only five days left in the January transfer window, which means there are only five days remaining of worry that Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele might be departing the club on loan or otherwise. Everything coming out of Tottenham’s camp suggests that he’s going nowhere, at least for now. The French media, however, isn’t so sure.

RMC is reporting today (in French) that Dele has convinced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to let him go, preferably to PSG, and that Levy has softened his stance somewhat about sanctioning a move. However, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen this month. The implication is that while Levy is now open to potentially letting Dele leave before the close of the window, it would depend on whether they could get a replacement in.

Who might that replacement be? Well, RMC suggests it might very well be Christian Eriksen, though that’s a deal that itself is incredibly complicated and also still pretty unlikely to happen. Spurs would need to agree to a loan deal for Eriksen that would navigate the minefield that is his current wage at Inter Milan, and then work out the parameters of a loan for Dele to PSG that may or may not include an option to purchase him this summer.

That’s a lot to get done in five days, but we’ve seen more complicated deals get across the line. It’s going to depend on whether there’s any further breakthroughs in negotiations, or whether the clock runs out on the deal. And of course, if that happens this rumor will just be kicked down the road until the summer window. Buckle up.