Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele is the subject of an £11 million offer from Beijing Guoan, according to The Guardian.
The Chinese Super League club has been busy making space for the imminent arrival of the Spurs stalwart in the last few weeks by freeing up space for an additional foreign player.
The report suggests that Tottenham will not stand in their midfielder’s way and an exit is close.
The flamboyant Dembele started his career with Belgium’s Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerpen Club in 2004.
The Belgian international has 80 full caps and has spent most of his playing days in Holland and England.
Dembele was given the nickname of the Moose by his adoring fans and in his prime was the engine in Tottenham’s midfield.
The 31-year-old has made 249 appearances since his arrival in the late summer of 2012 from Fulham.
Dembele has been a regular in the Spurs side under Mauricio Pochettino, until this season.
Injuries have limited his gametime in 2018-19 and he has not been in action since the early autumn.
Pochettino has in the past labelled the enigmatic Belgian as a genius and said that he wished he worked with him from an earlier age.
The midfielder’s Tottenham contract runs out this summer and is currently free to talk to any non-English clubs – it is believed he has his eye set on a move to the Far East.
Dembele has been quoted as saying that he was finding the physical strains of playing at the highest level in the Premier League more and more demanding.
A move to China will give the Belgian one last payday, in a less physically demanding league.
The stylish Dembele turns 32 in July and it makes good sense for all parties to part ways now.
Tottenham have been scouting for a replacement for some time now, with plenty of possible successors.
Lyon’s Tanguy N’Dombele, Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, Ajax’s Donny van de Beek and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl have all been mentioned as potential replacements – but they have massive shoes to fill.