The 30-year-old Belgium international rejected a new contract from Tottenham and is set to leave White Hart Lane after the World Cup finals in June.
Spurs contract talks hit the buffers with the news that Daniel Levy earned the equivalent of £115,000 per week last season. The club’s highest-earning player Harry Kane, 24, is paid £100,000 per week and that upper ceiling is beginning to cause problems in negotiations.
Dembele is the first big-name to reject a new deal in a sign that the Spurs squad is about to fracture with talks also stalling with Dele Alli, 22, over a new deal.
Juventus remain keen on signing Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 24, who is also out of contract this summer. However, the Germany international put all discussions over his future on hold until the end of the season.
Liverpool’s 5 – 1 aggregate win over Manchester City – achieved without Can – signals the Reds intention to compete with Europe’s elite. While they expect the German to leave, the door remains open for him to continue his career on Merseyside.
It’s led the Italians to look elsewhere with Dembele and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, 27, the prime targets.