The Athletic have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur turned down the chance to sign Ousmane Dembele late in the January window as they did not think the Barcelona winger would be a good fit for the squad.
Dembele’s current deal at the Camp Nou runs out at the end of the season (Transfermarkt) and the Frenchman has reportedly failed to come to an agreement with the Barca hierarchy over a new contract (Sky Sports).
The Catalan giants were thus allegedly trying to move the winger on transfer deadline day, with some sources suggesting that Spurs were interested in a move for the 24-year-old (Mundo Deportivo).
However, Barca failed to find a buyer for Dembele before the window slammed shut on Monday evening.
The Athletic have now explained that the former Borussia Dortmund man was of interest to Spurs early on in the window, with Antonio Conte’s men thought to have asked Barca about the player’s availability.
However, when the La Liga club offered Dembele to Spurs late in the window, is it said that Tottenham did not want to sign a big star in a position where they were already well-stocked.
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Spurs might have considered a late bid for Dembele if they had not completed a deal to sign Kulusevski. Tottenham also had the option of potentially moving Bergwijn on to Ajax and bringing the Frenchman in.
However, Dembele’s addition might not have been particularly good for squad morale as the 24-year-old disciplinary problems are well documented (Goal).
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