The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has simply not done enough to justify remaining at the club when so many talented youngsters deserve chances.
The report goes on to claim that Napoli will make a formal £10.3million bid to Spurs in January and go from there, and while there will be plenty of Tottenham fans who feel Dembele should not be sold, it really is time he moved on.
The Belgian international divides opinion at White Hart Lane, with some fans feeling he has not been given sufficient chances in his best position and others feeling he has simply not shone enough to warrant a prolonged stay, and when you look at his figures it is hard to disagree with the latter.
Football is about so much more than just statistics, but Dembele has played 128 matches for Tottenham and has scored just five goals and provided only eight assists in that time.
In contrast, Dembele scored more goals and provided the same amount of assists in only 75 games for Fulham while his time at AZ Alkmaar saw him score 33 and set up 15 in 148 appearances.
Of course consistency is key and Dembele has not always been used regularly at Tottenham, but to say he has not been given sufficient chances is simply incorrect.
Tottenham now have some of the most exciting young players in England coming through their ranks and at 28 Dembele’s form does not suggest he should be used ahead of them.
It is time for Spurs to put their faith in the next generation, which means waving goodbye to older fringe players who simply do not offer enough; a bracket Dembele is unfortunately in.