Tottenham Hotspur are still hoping to offload Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele this winter. The Belgian is out of contract in the summer and the club wants to sell him rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.
As reported by Standard Sport yesterday, the London club are looking for a fee in the region of £20 million for the player. That sort of fee is not out of the range of Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoan, who are said to be keen.
Their problem, however, is that they need to sell a foreign player. The report says that Beijing currently has four foreign players, the limit for a Chinese Super League side.
Those players are Renato Augusto, Jonathan Soriano and Jonathan Viera and a former Tottenham target in Cedric Bakambu.
However, that is not entirely accurate. Soriano has actually left the club. The Spanish playmaker agreed a deal with Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal in mid-December and that deal became official this month. In fact, he trained with the team for the first time yesterday.
First day with my team 💙 pic.twitter.com/JrILAPbsgA
— Jonatan Soriano (@jonsoriano26) January 2, 2019
So Beijing does have a space in their ranks.
It appears that there is little stopping Tottenham forcing through Dembele’s exit to the Chinese superpower.