According to TalkSport, reporting via TMW, Inter Milan are preparing to table a £12 million offer for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele.
Dembele is entering the final year of his contract with Spurs, and with no renewal seemingly forthcoming, the Belgium international will not be short of offers.
Last season, the 31-year-old was so often a solid pillar of reliability in the centre of the park for Tottenham, doing all the dirty work that allows the likes of Alli and Eriksen to push forward and wreak havoc.
If Dembele is to leave Spurs this summer, then other Premier League clubs should be in no doubt about how much he still has to offer in this division.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have been linked with a host of superstar midfield names already this summer.
The perfect candidate to bolster his midfield could well be going on the cheap from Tottenham.
The addition of another strong, powerful enforcer to the Red Devils’ midfield unit would ease the defensive burden on Nemanja Matic, and allow Mourinho even to rest the Serbian from time to time. This increased defensive security, in the case of United deploying a 3-man midfield, also gives Paul Pogba more license to get forward and become an influence in the final third.
On the ball itself, Dembele is particularly potent. His ability to pick out pin-point accurate balls from deep into the channels will give plenty for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford to feed off.
Bringing in another player over 30 into that midfield may seem like a bit of a false economy, but it has it’s advantages. Of course, experience is one. Another is that, with Dembele unlikely to be able to play every single game, and with him being more of a short term solution, there is still scope for Scott McTominay to get game time at Old Trafford next season and continue his development under Mourinho.
Instead of a big money, headline-grabbing signing, Mourinho might be better served by being a little more reserved and moving for the man who simply ticks all the right boxes for what his side needs.