Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is open to selling Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, according to a report.
ESPN claims that the Argentine boss is ‘planning an overhaul of the Tottenham Hotspur squad’, and that defender Vertonghen and Dembele could be moved on.
‘Now, Pochettino is planning changes in the squad, and the source said a number of stalwarts could be allowed leave’, states the report.
‘The highest-profile names that may make way could be Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, the source said’.
Of the two names mentioned in the report, the more surprising one is that of Vertonghen, who joined Tottenham from Ajax in the summer of 2012.
The 27-year-old is widely considered as one of the better defenders in the Premier League and is a first-team regular for the Belgium national team, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer.
Vertonghen, who can play in centre-back and left-back, has not been in great form so far this season, but he remains an asset to the team.
If Pochettino does indeed want to sell him, then one must wonder who he plans to sign as his replacement.
On the other hand, Dembele’s case is a different matter. The 27-year-old is also a Belgium international and has been on the books of Tottenham since 2012, but there are enough midfielders in the team to compensate for his absence.