Darren Bent urges Tottenham to swap Tanguy Ndombele for Barcelona duo
Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has urged the club to swap midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for Barcelona duo Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti (h/t Evening Standard).
Recent reports have claimed that La Liga champions Barcelona are interested in signing our midfielder this summer. To that end, they are willing to offer two of their defenders, Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti to Tottenham as part of a swap deal.
And former Spurs ace, Darren Bent, has told Football Insider that the club should go ahead with such a deal, as it would help address some issues at the back (h/t Evening Standard).
“To be fair, that swap deal would cover up a lot of cracks and I think it would help. Centre-half, they’ve been a little bit week this season and at full-back as well, they’ve been a little bit suspect.”
It is no secret that defensively, we have been poor this season. And with Jan Vertonghen’s contract on the verge of expiry, a new centre-back should be a priority for Jose Mourinho & co.
The right-back department also needs strengthening as Serge Aurier has hardly been convincing this season.
And Bent is of the opinion that allowing Ndombele to move to Barcelona in exchange for Umtiti and Semedo would be a good deal for the club (h/t Evening Standard).
Ndombele has struggled to make the desired impact since arriving in a club-record deal last summer. As a result, the midfielder has been heavily criticized by Mourinho in the past.
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However, a recent report from Football.london claims that the Portuguese has faith in the Frenchman’s abilities and wants to work with him next season.
Moreover, Umtiti’s injury history is well-documented. And, Semedo has hardly set the stage alight since joining Barcelona a couple of years ago.
We need a new centre-back and right-back, no doubt. But, going for an injury-prone Umtiti and an out-of-form Semedo, in exchange for Ndombele, might not be the best option.