By Richard Parks
Tottenham are set to open talks with Mousa Dembele over a lucrative new contract, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Spurs want to tie the Belgium international, 30, to a fresh agreement that replaces his current deal, which expires in the summer of 2019.
It is said that talks will centre on a contract that could elevate Dembele into the £100,000-a-week bracket and among the top earners at the club.
The central midfielder has been one of the outstanding players in Europe since the turn of the year and has been widely hailed for a string of superb performances in major Premier League and Champions League fixtures.
Dembele has been called a ‘genius’ and ‘unbelievable’ by Mauricio Pochettino, who has made it clear how highly he regards one of the best performers he has managed or played with in his lengthy time in football.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs have a mighty fine squad that needs only minor tinkering this summer (a new striker and left-back – if Danny Rose quits – are possible areas of improvement). It is no exaggeration to state that tying midfield monster Dembele down to a new deal is the best bit of business that contract and transfer negotiator Daniel Levy could do this summer. The Belgian was the best player on the pitch in both legs of the memorable Champions League last-16 clash against Juventus, when the dominant displays he produced against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in domestic fixtures were replicated on a higher stage and in front of a wider audience. Dembele has had injury troubles in recent years and his match time must be carefully monitored, but he can be at the top for three more years. Tottenham must do everything to keep him.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have ripped up the contract of a defender.