The departure of Mousa Dembele from Tottenham has represented an inevitability for a substantial length of time and the reopening of the January transfer window has served to bring up a whole host of fresh reports regarding his future.
The Belgian lynchpin is adored by the majority in north London but the supporters are not blinded by their admiration; indeed, even Dembele’s biggest fan would be inclined to accept that the time is right for him to move on next month.
According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Spurs are ready to sell Dembele in a winter clear out which could bring £75 million into the club.
Dembele’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2019, so Tottenham will have exactly one month to cash in on the 31-year-old before they will be resigned to losing him for free in the summer, unless they extend his current deal of course.
But a recent report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport suggests that Daniel Levy may well be faced with an offer he cannot refuse in January.
The report claims that Monaco, a side now managed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, are interested in signing Dembele next month rather than waiting to the summer to sign him on a bargain free transfer.
In terms of the financial interests of the club, Pochettino and Levy will be inclined to put the north London rivalry to one side and negotiate with Henry to strike a deal which suits all parties concerned.
Henry may well have been a world beater in an Arsenal shirt but he has failed to translate his imperious performances as a player into his managerial career, with a record of six defeats from his first nine Ligue 1 fixtures telling the whole story.
It’s no surprise that Henry is reportedly lining up a deal for Dembele considering his record so far, as the arrival of a new midfield lynchpin could be exactly what he needs to turn things around.
The rise of Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and now Oliver Skipp at Tottenham will ensure that Pochettino is well equipped to deal with the loss of Dembele in the winter window, so there is absolutely no reason why they should snub Monaco’s advances, even with Henry’s history at Arsenal to consider.
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