Tottenham are keen to offload contract rebel Mousa Dembele this month rather than losing him for nothing in the summer, according to the Evening Standard.
The Standard report that the Belgian international’s contract runs out at the end of the season and he will not sign a new one because he feels he cannot match the physical demands required in the Premier League any more.
They claim that he has potential suitors in Europe and Asia; Beijing Sinobo Guoan want him but already have the maximum of four overseas players in the squad, while Inter Milan hold an interest also.
But the Italian giants – who Spurs helped eliminate from the Champions League this season – are reportedly put off by the £20m asking price to sign a player this month with whom they can negotiate a free transfer directly and secure him in the summer.
Shrewd businessman that he is, Daniel Levy understandably wants to get something for Dembele this month, rather than carrying on paying his wages until the season and losing him for nothing.
But £20m is not a realistic asking price for a player who is currently not even fit and is available for nothing within a matter of months.
Levy must be adaptable and acute enough to realise that a fee closer to £10m is more likely to entice buyers in January; sticking to his guns will only mean Dembele waits a matter of months before getting his one final big contract.