Will he, won’t he? That was the question on the lips of the vast majority of the Italian press over the summer regarding Mousa Dembélé and Inter’s alleged efforts to sign him.

The Belgian, whose contract expires in the summer, was a target for the Serie A side, and there were strong claims that an adventure in Italy would be of interest to him, knowing it would be his last chance to do so.

In the end, however, the 31-year-old stayed at Wembley for the current campaign, yet it seems very clear this will be his last season under Mauricio Pochettino’s orders, as DH in Belgium explain that, as things stand, renewal talks between Tottenham and Dembélé are ‘at a standstill’.

That doesn’t mean he wants to leave. In fact, the outlet explain he’d quite like to stay in London, but only as long as he finds himself financially better off in any deal put before him, and therein lies the issue.

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Currently on €80-90k/week, any wage increase would see him reach Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris levels, and his physical ‘fragility’ means Tottenham are reluctant to hand him such a salary as they can’t guarantee he can stay healthy enough to warrant it.

It’s a tricky situation, and, unless Spurs have a change of heart or Dembélé agrees to a wage similar to the one he’s currently on, he’ll be leaving in the summer.