Tottenham should not consider swapping Dembele for Joao Mario

Mauricio Pochettino manager

Tottenham Hotspur could reportedly be offered the chance to swap Mousa Dembele for Joao Mario this summer.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham in action during the pre-season match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

According to a recent report from Tuttosport, Inter Milan are considering offering Tottenham the chance to sign Joao Mario as part of the potential deal that would see Mousa Dembele head to San Siro this summer.

It appears that Dembele - who earns around £80,000-a-week, according to The Sun - may be allowed to leave Spurs during the coming months, with The Telegraph reporting last month that Mauricio Pochettino could consider offers for the Belgian maestro who would be entering the final year of his contract with the Premier League side if he stays.

Mauricio Pochettino manager

The Telegraph reported that Inter are keen on offering him a move to Serie A, and Tuttosport is now reporting that the Nerazzurri could be willing to include Mario - who spent the second-half of this past season on loan with West Ham - as part of the deal.

Mario certainly had some extremely bright moments during his time with the Hammers, but Spurs should arguably only consider agreeing to such a swap deal if Inter were still willing to pay a substantial fee while also throwing the Portuguese into the deal.

Replacing Dembele is going to be a huge task for Tottenham and Mario's time at the London Stadium certainly does not suggest that he would be able to fill that void if he did join Pochettino's side.

West Ham United's Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario (L) vies with Everton's Argentinian defender Ramiro Funes Mori (R) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

And if they are not going to be able to get a player in return who ticks many of the same boxes as Dembele - or has the potential to in future, at least - then Spurs should only consider a swap if getting a player in return does little to decrease the overall transfer fee. 

Surely keeping Dembele for the final year of his contract would be the better option otherwise. 

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