Mousa Dembele is “keeping his options open” ahead of a potential summer move away from Tottenham, according to Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur.
The midfielder, who is out on contract at the end of next season, is expected to leave Spurs this summer.
Earlier this week, reports suggested Mauricio Pochettino will urge chairman Daniel Levy to sell Dembele – as well as Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose – as soon as possible in order to sign replacements in time for the new season.
Dembele has been linked with Juventus and AC Milan in Italy, while Manchester City also reportedly hold an interest.
But most rumours suggest the 30-year-old could be on his way to Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, and Terreur says those links aren’t going away.
Mousa Dembélé and Beijing Guoan: a link that won’t go away. At the moment all the foreigner slots at the Chinese club are taken. One player signed in 2016, one in 2017 and two in 2018. Dembélé keeps all options open. Contract running out in 2019. pic.twitter.com/jo5HTfGcms
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) May 15, 2018
“Mousa Dembele and Beijing Guoan: a link that won’t go away,” he tweeted.
“At the moment all the foreigner slots at the Chinese club are taken. One player signed in 2016, one in 2017 and two in 2018.
“Dembele keeps all [his] options open. Contract running out in 2019.”
It appears Beijin Guoan will have to let a foreign player leave before they are able to approach Dembele.
Terreur’s claims that Dembele “keeps all [his] options open” suggests the Belgian could sign a new contract with Spurs if there is one on the table.
But his departure seems more likely than unlikely at this stage.