Mousa Dembele’s relationship with Tottenham has not been at its best for a while now; his form has fluctuated and his flirtation with China has refused to go away.
It looks as if the Belgian powerhouse will finally get his move this summer; the Sun report that he will not be extending his current Spurs deal.
They claim that Beijing Sinobo Guoan will sign the former Fulham man on a £160,000 a week deal in the summer; when his current contract runs out.
That will see Spurs lose one of their biggest assets for nothing; for a strict negotiator like Daniel Levy, that must represent a slap in the face.
But more importantly, it creates an issue for Mauricio Pochettino. He doesn’t have another midfielder who can do what Dembele does; hold off opponents, carry the ball through midfield and dictate the pace of the game.
Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are far more cautious and limited in possession; Harry Winks can boss a game but lacks physicality and experience.
Dembele was written off at times last season but proved his class once again. Losing him, with no money coming in to replace him, is a bit of a nightmare for Spurs. Pochettino must again get creative to find the answer.