Tottenham must plot imminent swoop as mega spenders said to eye reignited move for Poch fave
While Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will no doubt be planning on who to recruit to strengthen his side after another season of progress, he might have to be doing a lot more if reports are to be believed.
The Lilywhites have secured Champions League football for another season with another successive top four finish and while there was no silverware to be shown, the progress made in Europe will have been pleasing to the Argentinian boss, if not a little disappointing that his men did not take the club further.
As Spurs ready themselves to move into their new home – after an interim campaign at Wembley – hopes are high for yet more growth, including the arrival of some new stars.
However, as well as bolstering his squad, it looks as though Pochettino might have to be getting some replacements in too, with the futures of some of his stars under serious scrutiny.
The likes of contract rebel Toby Alderweireld and flop striker Fernando Llorente look dead in the water when it comes to their careers in north London, and while their exits might come as no shock, Mousa Dembele’s departure would have many eyebrows raised.
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That looks like it could be the situation come August.
Belgian newspaper HLN claim that Chinese side Beijing Guoan have kept in touch with Dembele’s representatives over a potential transfer after a failed swoop in January, a window in which they spent £65million (€74million) on Cedric Bakambu as they flex their financial might.
If the mega spenders do come hunting once again, with just 12 months on the Belgian’s contract, then an exit is much more likely, despite being a favourite of Pochettino.
However, the midfielder has proven to be a key player this season, with his absence from the side visably noticeable, and losing him, no matter how much money is picked up, is a loss.
Getting an immediate replacement for him must be a priority for there are few who have the skill and technique, as well as the physicality, that Dembele offers, and those that are affordable will no doubt be in high demand.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club must launch a stunning swap bid for a Manchester United speed machine as Jose Mourinho closes in.