According to Football FanCast sources, Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele is on the verge of a move to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.
Dembele has been one of the stars for Spurs since joining from Fulham in 2012 and has gone on to make 171 league appearances for the club.
The Belgian international is due to enter the final year of his contract and a number of clubs have been interested in signing the box-to-box midfielder, including Juventus, Napoli and Inter Milan.
However, it appears that the 30-year-old has decided instead to move to the Chinese Super League and his representatives are working hard to finalise his move for after the World Cup.
As per our sources, Dembele has wanted this move for the past year and personal terms have been all but agreed.
Beijing Guoan are just waiting for Daniel Levy to agree the transfer fee, which won’t be astronomical because of the player’s contract situation.
Dembele was one of Spurs’ best players last season and it’s always a shame to see a top player move away from European football when he’s got plenty left in the tank.
However, with only one year left on his contract, it was always likely that the Belgian international would leave this summer and fans will be happy that he’s not joining a rival team.
The midfielder will join the likes of Hulk, Oscar, Ramires and Axel Witsel plying their trade in the ever-expanding Chinese Super League, although cynics will of course see this as a money-motivated move.
The more pressing concern for Tottenham will be whether Victor Wanyama can fill the void left by Dembele or whether they decide to invest in a replacement this summer.