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Jose Mourinho urged to sign Ivan Rakitic to replace Tanguy Ndombele

According to Football Insider (h/t Express), Noel Whelan believes Jose Mourinho should ask for Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic in exchange for Tanguy Ndombele.

The Catalans have been linked with a move for the unsettled Tottenham Hotspur star. The former Coventry City star believes Mourinho should take advantage of the situation to sign the vaunted Croatian international.

Ndombele, who is the club’s record signing, has failed to make a lasting impression since making the move last summer. A loss of form and persistent injury concerns have seen him play 1383 minutes this season.

Jose Mourinho Tanguy ndombele of Tottenham

Mourinho has been critical of Ndombele

His problems have found little sympathy from Jose Mourinho, who has been publicly vocal in his displeasure. It reached a breaking point at Turf Moor as he was warned by the Spurs boss he was fighting for his future at the club after he was hauled off at the half time.

That criticism has led to the claim suggesting Tottenham are considering cutting their losses on the player this summer with Barcelona touted as possible suitors.

Swapping fortunes!

Given the current financial climate, loan or swap deals are more likely than big-money deals. Whelan believes Rakitic is better equipped for dealing with the Premier League compared to Ndombele.

“I think Rakitic would be a great signing, I really do”

Ivan Rakitic has been touted as an excellent replacement for Tanguy Ndombele

Ivan Rakitic has been touted as an excellent replacement for Tanguy Ndombele

Calling the Croatian a great replacement, Whelan went on to praise the player’s work rate, experience, maturity, and professionalism. Add to it the 32-year-old’s winning mentality, he will be a great addition.

Rakitic has been an integral part of the Catalan club’s success since making the move to the Nou Camp in 2014. With his contract expiring in 2021, he has been linked with a move away this summer, with the Premier League being his choice.

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Although there is no doubting Rakitic’s quality, he does not have many years left at the top level. Ndombele is young and has a lot of promise. The Frenchman should be afforded another opportunity to resurrect his career as he could turn into a powerhouse for us with the correct training.

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