According to recent reports, Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembélé has approached Serie A champions Juventus as he looks to secure his long-term future away from England.
The Belgium international, now 31, has less than a year left to run on his existing deal in north London and is reportedly keen to depart for pastures new, away from the physicality and relentless pace of England’s top-flight.
Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has said the player is keen to join Juventus and is doing the necessary steps towards contacting the Italian giants.
Despite this though, Dembélé remains a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s side when fit and has featured in all five of their Premier League games thus far this term, making three starts across central midfield. It speaks volumes for his quality and ability to recover from a number of troublesome injuries, that he remains consistent and a dependable player within Pochettino’s system.
However, he will be free to negotiate terms and agree a pre-contract with any non-English club come January – having already revealed he’d only leave Tottenham for a team abroad.
Mousa’s motives similar to former Prem star
It draws parallels to the move of former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who remained part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans despite not agreeing terms for a new deal at Anfield last season. Ultimately, the German agreed terms to join Juventus on a free transfer and was unveiled during the World Cup this summer.
He has featured in all four of Juventus’ Serie A games this term – starting during their 2-1 win over Sassuolo over the weekend, where he created an assist and played 70 minutes.
There is plenty of competition for places under Massimiliano Allegri in midfield, with playmaker Miralem Pjanic and highly-rated Rodrigo Bentancur amongst the substitutes yesterday, but Dembélé would provide further quality to an ever-improving side.