According to Football FanCast sources, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is on the verge of signing for Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan.
The Belgium international only has a year remaining on his contract with the north London outfit, and rather than see out the final 12 months Football FanCast sources believe the player is set to choose a move to Asia, having wanted the transfer since last summer.
Personal terms have been all but agreed and it now just a transfer fee that needs to be sorted between the two parties before a deal goes through, as manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been urged to sign a £22.5m 2018 World Cup attacker after his opening display in Russia, begins a summer overhaul of his squad.
So, how would selling the Belgian truly impact Spurs? Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences of the major summer deal for Tottenham…
If Dembele does leave Tottenham this summer he could lead an exodus of some of the old guard, with Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama all potentially following him through the exit door for the right price if reports in The Mirror are to be believed.
While Dembele, Alderweireld and Wanyama have been key players for them in the past, it seems as though Pochettino is ready to start looking to the future in his bid to lead the north London outfit to glory and trophies, and the move into their new stadium could begin a new era in more ways than one.
If Dembele does go, it seems certain that Pochettino will bring in a top replacement for him, and he has been heavily linked with a move for Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.
The 21-year-old is set to join the Ligue 1 club permanently this summer following a season-long loan spell from French rivals Amiens, but they may struggled to hold on to him following some brilliant all-round midfield displays last term.
L’Equipe report that Lyon could be tempted by a €60m (£53m) offer for the France U21 international, and it might be a price the north London club pays if they bring in good money for the players they are open to selling.
Following a frustrating 2017/18 campaign because of injury issues and struggling to get into the starting XI ahead of the likes of Dembele and Eric Dier, the 22-year-old would have been hopeful of his chances of getting more minutes on the pitch this season if indeed the Belgian and some of his midfield teammates go.
However, the links to Ndombele, who would almost certainly be a starter, and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish suggest that his situation could be unchanged, and it could lead to him becoming frustrated and leaving in search of regular first-team football – whether only on loan or on a permanent basis.
So, Tottenham fans, is Pochettino making the right decision by selling Mousa Dembele? Let us know by voting below…