Juventus are in pole position to land Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, claim the latest reports in Italy.
Dembele looks set to leave Tottenham this summer after six seasons, as his contract expires next June, and Spurs have decided to sell him rather than renew his current deal.
Earlier, it was thought that Inter Milan were prime candidates to sign him, as part of a swap deal to take Ivan Perisic to White Hart Lane, but now their Serie A rivals Juventus have overtaken them in the battle for his signature.
Sky Sport Italia report that the Italian champions have contacted Tottenham over a potential deal to take Dembele to Turin.
Juventus want to bolster their midfield options this summer, and are likely to soon confirm the arrival of Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool.
Belgium international Dembele would cost them around €30m (£26.3m).
He told Belgian paper La Derniere Heure: “We have not really talked about an extension of my contract.
“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement.
“If we talk about a new contract in the middle of the season, it will cost energy. Imagine that a player feels not appreciated after a disappointing proposal, it can disrupt his game.
“At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham. 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.
“Really, I’m not aware of the interest of other clubs. And, besides, I told my agent to wait for the summer to tell me about any offers. For now, I’m only focusing on Tottenham. Maybe this is my last season. Or maybe I’ll sign a new deal. We’ll see.”
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