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Tottenham should demand Sami Khedira in any deal for Mousa Dembele

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Tottenham should demand Sami Khedira in any deal for Mousa Dembele

Tottenham cannot afford to let Mousa Dembele leave without a direct replacement.

Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield enforcer Mousa Dembele looks increasingly likely to be departing north London this summer, with a number of suitors from Serie A said to be readying swoops for the player’s services.

Inter Milan were touted as favourites to land his signature, by Gazzetta dello Sport this week, but it now appears reigning champions Juventus are keen on bringing him to Turin next term (Sky Sports).

Mauricio Pochettino would never consider letting the player he once described as a “genius” leave the club under normal circumstances, but the 30-year-old is said to have expressed concerns over his ability to continue matching the physical demands of the Premier League, after frequent issues with injury, according to the Telegraph.

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The Argentine could very well find his hands tied, as it’s a hard issue to navigate through, but he would be foolish to offload a player of Dembele’s immense influence without having a direct replacement in the wings, and the man they’re looking for could very well reside at Juventus.

Sami Khedira should be demanded in any deal for the big Belgian, as Spurs simply cannot afford to take backwards steps in the quest for silverware next season, and the German international would represent a shrewd bit of business.

Juventus are looking to offload ageing players this summer and would likely comply with the terms if Spurs were to put their foot down. They are also expecting the imminent arrival of long-spanning target Emre Can from Liverpool to bolster the midfield for the foreseeable future.

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Khedira is certainly capable of filling the void left by Dembele, as he models his game around similar principles in midfield. Not only that but his experience is massive – having previously performed at the highest level for the likes of Real Madrid, while also winning the World Cup with the national team.

Sports journalist based in London. Previously of HITC and 90min.

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