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Is Bayern's Thiago the ideal Dembele replacement for Spurs?

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on...

If Bayern Munich do sell Thiago Alcantara, could he be a good option to replace Mousa Dembele at Spurs?

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on...

Tottenham Hotspur have a big gap to plug in central midfield this summer with Sky Sports reporting that Mousa Dembele is likely to leave the club.

Both AC Milan and Inter Milan have shown interest, as have several sides in China, with chief scout Steve Hitchen having been on the hunt for a long term replacement for Dembele since at least December.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford is challenged by James McArthur of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on April 21, 2018 in...

This has lead Spurs to Geoffrey Kondogbia - who has since joined Valencia instead - Lille's Yves Bissouma, Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford and Red Bull Salzburg starlet Amadou Haidara.

All of these options appear to make sense on the face of it, with the North Londoners looking to exactly replicate the physicality that Dembele shows in the middle, but perhaps they should take a different approach?

The alternative

According to the Daily Mail, Bayern Munich are willing to listen to offers for four first team players; Thiago Alcantara, Juan Bernat, Jerome Boateng and Arturo Vidal.

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara runs with the ball during the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium...

While Vidal may be the name that immediately jumps out as the obvious Dembele alternative, perhaps a cultured manager like Mauricio Pochettino might be more tempted by the technique and creativity of Thiago.

After all, it is not as if the Spain international is not used to playing in a deeper role and while in a similar mould to Christian Eriksen, is much happier sitting in front of the defence and starting the play from a deep lying position.

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