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Pochettino could make a huge mistake by landing £45m-rated midfield target to replace Dembele

The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are not completely resigned to losing Mousa Dembele this summer, but they appreciate that there is every chance he will leave North London before the new season gets underway.

The Breakdown

The future of Mousa Dembele has been one of the most widely documented stories of Tottenham’s transfer window so far and plenty of central midfield players from across Europe have been linked with a move to the Lilywhites as a consequence. Tanguy N’Dombele has been heavily linked with a transfer in recent weeks following a thoroughly impressive season in Ligue 1 with Lyon, but another player from the French top-flight has been linked with the club recently.

According to France Football (via talkSPORT), Tottenham have joined Barcelona and Juventus in the race to sign Adrien Rabiot (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 23-year-old midfielder is highly-regarded and considered an incredibly bright young talent, but his reputation has been tarnished somewhat by his refusal to be on Didier Deschamps’ standby list for the World Cup after he was omitted from the initial 23-man France squad.

Like Dembele, Rabiot’s best work typically arrives in the defensive and middle third of the pitch where he is able to use his anticipation to break up play and dictate proceedings from deep.

In that sense, he is an ideal replacement for Dembele, but the lack of professionalism he showed after his World Cup disappointment suggests he is a character with the potential to disrupt an apparently harmonious dressing room.

Whilst their Premier League rivals have flexed their financial muscles in the transfer market in a bid to dominate the top-flight, Spurs have spent modestly without compromising the quality of their performances on the field.

Much of their success has been due to the collective mentality installed into the club by Pochettino, but the arrival of Rabiot could threaten to disrupt the togetherness of the squad in the long-term and, for that reason, the club should turn their attention towards alternative options this summer.

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