Tottenham Hotspur wanted to recoup record outlay for Tanguy Ndombele
With reports of a difficult relationship with Jose Mourinho also doing the rounds, it came as no surprise that he was linked with a move earlier this summer. One of the teams keen on the midfielder were Italian giants Inter Milan. However, a deal failed to materialize and the player is still at Tottenham.
According to Italian outlet Calciomercatio via Sempre Inter (h/t Football.london), Spurs were keen to recoup their record £60million outlay on the midfielder. A potential deal would have seen Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar moving in the other direction. Some try from Daniel Levy that!
However, negotiations led nowhere and the Serie A giants signed Arturo Vidal from Barcelona instead. It ended any hopes of them also making a move for Ndombele, at least this summer.
Bringing in Skriniar would have also helped us add a young, experienced defender to our squad. Having lost Jan Vertonghen, signing a defender was essential.
Despite missing out on the Slovakian, Spurs did manage to bring in a defender during the domestic window.
Swansea City star Joe Rodon joined the club on deadline day and will give Mourinho more options at the back. The 22-year-old is not at the same level as Skriniar but has shown promise to suggest he can be a strong defender in the future. Time will tell if the deal has worked out in our favour.
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Ndombele meanwhile has gotten off to a good start at Tottenham this season. He has so far featured in eight games and has scored twice already. It would appear that any prospect of him moving to Inter is now over.