The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are concerned by rumours linking Moussa Dembele with a move away from the club, although they accept that it could be the right time for him to move on.
Mousa Dembele has been an ever-present in Tottenham’s central midfield since his move from Fulham in 2012, and his performances have played a pivotal role in the clubs improvement during the last half-decade. Whether he is dropping his shoulder and gliding past an opponent or retrieving possession for the Lilywhites deep inside his own half, his impact has consistently been a positive one.
However, Dembele turns 31 this year, and the quality of his performances have dipped below his typically impeccable standard so far this season.
With that being said, it wouldn’t be a total surprise if Tottenham were to cash in on the Belgian this month – especially considering Italian giants AC Milan are interested in bringing him to the San Siro, according to reports in Corriere Dello Sport.
If the reports emerging from Italy prove to be true, then Tottenham should attempt to bring a central midfielder of true quality to North-London to replace their long-term lynchpin.
One player who Pochettino and Levy would be wise to consider is Lazio’s midfield maestro Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – a player who is attracting plenty of interest around Europe at the moment.
According to reports in The Daily Star, Manchester United are long-term admirers of the Serbian international, but they have been dealt a major blow by Savic’s public admission that he wants to stay at Lazio until the end of the season.
Judging by his recent comments, Savic is clearly committed to helping Lazio reach the Champions League this year, but if they fail to achieve that goal then the prospect of European football could be enough for Tottenham to lure him to the club next season.
Milinkovic-Savic promises to be one of Europe’s most influential midfielders in the years to come, so Tottenham must ensure they qualify for the Champions League this year and break the bank for his signature next summer.