Mousa Dembele looks set to leave Spurs this summer and will reportedly choose his next destination after the World Cup concludes for himself and his country Belgium.
With Dembele’s departure looking likely, now begin the trials and tribulations of who will replace him as the anchor of the Tottenham midfield.
This is where French international Steven N’Zonzi enters the frame; according to The Sun, the Sevilla midfielder has declared that he wants to leave the Spanish side this summer in the hunt for a move back to the Premier League.
N’Zonzi is currently playing for France in the World Cup in Russia, a mean feat considering the hotly tested positions in the squad and a testament to the 6ft 5 defensive midfielder’s talent.
Tottenham would have to cash out £35 million if they were to land N’Zonzi’s signature and with a host of other clubs interested in the defensive midfielder, including bitter rivals Arsenal, Mauricio Pochettino would have to work his magic to get the 29-year-old on board.
N’zonzi’s style is similar to that of Dembele’s, and he would seemingly fill the big void the Belgian international will leave if he departs this summer.
The French international also has the winning mentality that has lacked in Spurs’ squads over the last few seasons when pushing for silverware; he won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2016.
Another factor to consider for Spurs when looking at N’Zonzi is that he already has experience playing in the Premier League, playing for both Stoke City and Blackburn before making a move to the Laliga.
The ideal solution to replace Moussa Dembele?
You only have to look as far back as Sevilla’s Champions League victory over Manchester United last season to see the talent the big Frenchman has at his disposal, and any player who can make Paul Pogba look that average is worth the £35 million Sevilla want and more.