We’ve been saying our tearful goodbyes to Mousa Dembele for the past three months or so after numerous reports suggested that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was ready to move on for a new challenge at the end of his career. However, that may not be the case after all.
Simon Jones, writing in the (yes, I know) Daily Mail, says that Dembele might be set to see off the final year of his Tottenham contract after all. The report suggests that Dembele has rejected a £20m deal that would’ve taken him to Inter Milan, one of only a few clubs that had expressed interest in signing him this summer.
There was also reportedly interest from an unnamed Chinese club earlier in the window, but Moose also turned that down as well.
Even if the report of Moose turning down Inter is true, it still doesn’t mean that he might not yet be sold this summer. The reality of this window is that Premier League teams can still sell players after the close of the English transfer window this Thursday; most other European leagues have until the end of the month before their windows slam shut. That means, however, that if Moose doesn’t move before Thursday, it’s likely that Spurs can’t demand the same amount of money for him. There were reports that Tottenham were demanding as much as £30m for his transfer.
Dembele was a huge (HUGE) part of Tottenham’s midfield, and keeping him around would also be fantastic, even as we acknowledge that his role might be reduced this season as he heads towards the twilight of his career. There’s still a good amount of time left in the window and keeping Moose wouldn’t necessarily negate the idea of signing another top-drawer central midfielder, but I have to say it sure would be nice to have Moose as an option for another year.