Football transfer rumours: Mousa Dembélé to leave Tottenham for Juventus?

Barry Glendenning on 11 April 2018

Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Mousa Dembélé has been one of several players to excel under Mauricio Pochettino in recent seasons and the man hailed as “a genius” by his manager has given players as good as Nemanja Matic, Sami Khedira, and Miralem Pjanic, among many others, plenty to think about since August, making him one of the best in his position in Europe.

With his contract due to expire next season, the 30-year-old Belgian could be forgiven for chasing one final, lucrative contract from a club less parsimonious than his current employers and is likely to have no shortage of suitors, with Juventus believed to be monitoring his situation with interest. Asked about his future earlier this month, Dembélé made the kind of noises that will keep Spurs fans happy but nervous. “At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham,” he said. “I do not lie when I say that. I do not think about a big transfer. I want to play a World Cup and afterwards we will see.”

Meanwhile at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial is understood to have joined Marcus Rashford in an unseemly scramble for the Old Trafford exit door. Reports from France say the winger has turned down the offer of a new five-year deal but will have no shortage of offers if speculation that – deep breath – Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid and Inter are all interested in giving the 22-year-old a fresh start is to be believed.

Having failed to create too much of a stir at Manchester United after making his name with a series of impressive performances with Borussia Dortmund, Shinji Kagawa may give the Premier League another crack with West Ham or Everton after turning heads with a series of impressive performances with Borussia Dortmund. West Ham are also interested in Barcelona midfielder André Gomes, who has struggled to fit in at the Camp Nou since his £30m move from Valencia in the summer of 2016. An 81st-minute substitute in Barcelona’s humiliation at the hands of Roma last night, Gomes is also wanted by Manchester United and Milan. Elsewhere in Spain, Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has scotched increasingly tedious talk he’s already agreed terms with Barcelona. He has, however, said he wants his future sorted before he heads to the World Cup with France.

Liverpool’s interest in Roma goalkeeper Alisson is well documented, but the Serie A side’s president has said he thinks the 25-year-old Brazilian will be going nowhere. James Pallotta, who celebrated his side’s magnificent win over Barcelona with an invigorating plunge into the Fontana dell’Obelisco at the capital’s Piazza del Popolo, insists his bearded stopper will stay at Roma. “I love him and I have never wanted to sell him,” he said. “I thought he was great and now he’s showing how good he is.” Even if Alisson decides he does want to leave, Liverpool will still have to fend off interest from those pesky wad-wavers at PSG.

Liverpool and Spurs are both sniffing around exciting young Norwich prospect James Maddison, whose late free-kick was instrumental in depriving relegation-threatened Sunderland of all three points in the match between the two sides at an increasingly gloomy Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere in the north-east, Newcastle’s inability to convince Chelsea to insert a “first dibs” clause into the loan contract of Kenedy could cost them. The Brazilian’s impressive performances for the Toon have got antennae twitching all over Europe. Bayern Munich, PSG and Tottenham are ready to hitch their skirts in the 22-year-old’s direction.

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