Mousa Dembele’s future at Tottenham has finally be resolved with the Belgian midfielder nearing a switch to China, according to BBC Sport.
The 31-year-old has been a crucial player for Mauricio Pochettino since joining from Fulham. With the Belgian’s contract set to expire in the summer, Dembele was heavily linked (as per the Daily Mail) with a move to Inter Milan but opted to stay in north London. With injuries plaguing his season so far, Tottenham have authorised his departure this month – accepting an £11m offer from Beijing Guoan.
Dembele’s departure creates space in Pochettino’s squad for new arrivals now the January transfer window is officially open. With the Premier League title race set to go down the wire, reinforcements could give Tottenham the boost they need to catch Manchester City and Liverpool. The former Southampton boss should aim to replace Dembele as soon as possible.
One man who could prove to be a wonderful addition is Nimes midfielder – Teji Savanier. Valued at just £9m by Transfermarkt, the 27-year-old was key to their successful promotion to Ligue 1 and has been one of the most consistent performers in France thus far this season. While the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar grab the headlines, Savanier has been ever-present for his team throughout the campaign.
The Frenchman is a complete midfielder, combining defence and attack effortlessly, similar to Dembele. Savanier loves to get back and help out his back four, averaging an incredible 2.8 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game in Ligue 1. The midfielder gets his team on the front foot easily, averaging a remarkable 2.2 dribbles per game and has the vision to carve open defences – completing 2.7 key passes per game on average (WhoScored).
Now approaching the prime of his career, there is no better time for Pochettino to lure him to England.
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