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Report: Tottenham join Barcelona and Juventus in risky race for £45m-rated ace

The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club can secure the signing of a new central midfield player this summer to replace Mousa Dembele, and recent reports from France suggest that they are interested in a controversial character to fill the boots of the classy Belgian. 

Although Dembele’s future remains unclear, the Tottenham hierarchy will presumably begin their search for a long-term replacement this summer even if he eventually decides to stay in North London. The Belgium international has been a reliable lynchpin at the heart of Tottenham’s midfield since he joined the club from Fulham in 2012, but it seems he is eager for a new challenge.

With that in mind, it’s hardly surprising that Tottenham have joined the race for Adrien Rabiot according to France Football (via talkSPORT). The report claims that Rabiot’s agent – who is also his mother – has been in contact with top European clubs in a bid to force a transfer for her son, with Barcelona and Juventus cited as potential destinations.

Rabiot (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in May by refusing to wait on the standby list for France’s World Cup squad after he failed to make the first-choice 23-man squad.

Consequently, Rabiot’s decision has sparked plenty of speculation about his future now that he has become something of a pantomime villain in France, and it seems Tottenham are one of many clubs interested in taking a gamble on the 23-year-old this summer.

Landlord’s verdict

Our landlord has been thoroughly impressed by Rabiot’s performances during his PSG career thus far, but believes the way he conducted himself earlier this summer should ring alarm bells for Pochettino.

Although Rabiot’s quality would undoubtedly be an asset for the Lilywhites, his attitude could potentially pose a problem for the club further down the line, so Pochettino needs to ask himself: is it worth risking the squad’s harmony for a player who is unproven in English football?

The answer to the question should be a resounding no, but the recent report implies that Pochettino is giving the transfer a second-thought, despite the obvious risks associated with it.

Tottenham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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