As per a report from The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell Mousa Dembele this summer and have identified Barcelona’s Andre Gomes and Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante as possible replacements.
The report has also gone on to claim that contract talks have reached a standstill with Dembele. The 30-year-old has played an integral role for Spurs this season and it makes sense for him to demand adequate remuneration and an extended deal.
However, that would go against the very vein of the ideals Tottenham are built on since we have always built the team based on younger players.
At 30, Dembele is neither young nor can he offer a long-term commitment to the club. Hence, the club are willing to let him leave this summer and considering his skills and experience, he will have no shortage of potential suitors.
The report states that Cristante and Gomes are being viewed as replacements. Gomes has been starved of game time at the Camp Nou. Despite boasting of immense talent, it is not surprising that he has failed to make room for himself in the Barca first-team.
The Catalans are filled with some of the best midfielders in modern-day football and so if he were to move to Tottenham as Dembele’s replacement, there is no doubt that he would receive abundant game time.
Meanwhile, Cristante is currently serving a loan spell with Atalanta. His parent club Benfica should be willing to sell the player provided we offer the right price.
Both of these players fall right into Tottenham’s requirement and to be honest, a deal for either of them could work wonders for us. However, losing Dembele would be a major blow as he defines our gameplay on the pitch. This is going to be a headache for Pochettino.