Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele rejected offers from Inter Milan and Beijing Guoan but remains keen on leaving the club this summer, according to The Sun.
The 31-year-old is keen on securing a final big-club move before the end of his career and rejected both clubs as the search continues.
Spurs are willing to sell Dembele whose contract expires next summer, however, the North London club have not yet received offers that interest the midfielder.
Inter Milan, who are preparing for their return to the Champions League, were hoping to partner their new signing Radja Nainggolan.
The Serie A club had pushed hard for the move with the club submitting an offer to the player’s representatives – only for Dembele to reject the offer.
The Belgian had also received offers from the Chinese Super League and although the big contract offers interested him, he believes that now is not the right time to move to the Far East.
However, he continues to search for a move away from Spurs this summer and the club have beyond the Premier League August 9 to offload the player abroad.
“It’s been difficult to add players who can help”
Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Tottenham have struggled to find the rights players to sign this summer and that the club may end the window having made not one new addition.
“We are working so hard but still we are like it’s the first day of the transfer window – with no signings.
“I think I am not the person to explain it.
Of course, people expect the manager to explain that but, for different reasons, it’s been difficult to add players who can help us. But in the last week many things can happen.
When asked if he was relaxed about Tottenham transfer activity, like the club’s executive director Donna-Maria Cullen suggested, he responded:
“I’m not relaxed because I’m a coach and you cannot be relaxed.
“I think you need to be confident and trust in the people we have and the way that we work.
“Of course, football is all about adding more quality every season like our rivals are doing.
“If we cannot do that, we need to try to be creative and, of course, the help of younger players will be amazing and they showed they can help us if, in the end, we cannot sign players.”