Juventus are monitoring Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele after they were impressed with his performances against them in the Champions League last-16.
The Italian champions who were confident of signing Liverpool midfielder Emre Can on a free transfer this summer have started to become frustrated with the amount of time it is taking for the German midfielder to give them an answer on the offer that was made to him back in January. It means Juve have now turned their attention to Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele.
The Evening Standard is reporting that Juventus became impressed with Dembele during the last-16 Champions League tie between Juve and Spurs, which the Old Lady eventually ran out winners on aggregate. However, the Belgian midfielder’s performances didn’t go unnoticed with Juve now firming up their interest.
The next few weeks will now be crucial in deciding who Juve will sign as a midfield enforcer, with the club giving Emre Can’s camp an ultimatum on making a decision within the next 10 days. If the Can camp comes back with no answer then the Italian league leaders will withdraw their offer and start working on Plan B.
Dembele is currently in talks with Spurs over a new deal at the club. The 30-year-old Belgium international only has 18-months left on his deal, with Spurs most likely to cash in if no deal is agreed by this summer.
Spurs signed Dembele in the summer of 2012 from Fulham for £15m. Since his arrival at the club, he has established himself as one of the best holding midfield players in the Premier League. He has gone on to make a total of 167 appearances, scoring seven goals.
On the international stage, he has won a total of 70 caps for Belgium, scoring five goals. He will most likely be part of Belgium’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.