It’s looking more and more likely that Mousa Dembele has already played his last match with Tottenham Hotspur. Dan Kilpatrick writes today in the Evening Standard that Dembele looks likely to move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan in the next few days in a move that could be worth as much as £11m.
There have been murmurs that Moose was considering China again this January, but most of it was in the realm of rumor and supposition. But the Standard writes that the 31-year old Dembele is tired of spending much of his season on the injury table and is ready for a move to a league that doesn’t play at the frenetic pace of the Premier League.
Moose was linked with a move to China this past summer and also had a few Serie A teams interested in him, but those moves either didn’t pan out or Dembele rejected them. But with Spurs ready to sell a number of their fringe players to raise funds for new acquisitions, Dembele looks set to be one of, if not the, first player to depart the squad in this window.
Moose is still regaining fitness from an injury that has kept him out of the side since early November, and it was revealed that he is playing with a chronic foot condition that has lowered his mobility and means that he will probably be managing pain for the remainder of his career.
Dembele has been a faithful servant to Tottenham Hotspur and for a while one of the most important players at the club, but it is time to move on. Letting him go will probably earn the club a small transfer fee and free up his wages for other players. Moose is one of five players, along with Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Fernando Llorente, and Michel Vorm, that Spurs hope to sell this month.