Tottenham Hotspur given fresh hope of parting ways with Tanguy Ndombele in January
Ndombele came to London as Spurs’ record signing in the summer of 2019, after the Lilywhites were impressed with the player’s performances at Lyon. However, the France international has struggled to justify his price tag since his arrival and has been unable to nail down a starting spot for the North Londoners.
The player is seeking an exit from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, having fallen out of favour under manager Antonio Conte and being booed off the pitch by fans in his most recent start for the club.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Italy, with former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho interested in bringing the player to Roma. Fellow Italian side Napoli are also reportedly interested in the Frenchman. However, Ndombele’s wages may be too much for Roma to afford, whereas the player has little interest in a move to Napoli.
Given this, it is reported that Ndombele’s best chances of departing Spurs this month lie in a switch to Spain, with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid touted as potential destinations for the player. The Spurs man is said to have a good link with sporting director Andrea Berta, which has ‘never been broken’.
Barcelona tried to sign the midfielder three years ago and could renew their interest in Ndombele once again. However, with the club in financial turmoil and needing to free up space on their wage bill to register new players, a move for the Spurs’ record signing is difficult to imagine.
Much was expected of the Frenchman at the Lane but it now seems like Ndombele’s stay in London is coming to a quick end, with both the player and club interested in cutting ties this month. Having signed a six-year deal on his arrival from France, it is disappointing to see the player seek a move so quickly.
The Frenchman never really shone for us in his time at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, only showing flashes of brilliance in what was otherwise an underwhelming period for the player. Having been booed by fans on his last appearance for Spurs, it is safe to say that the player’s time with us is likely coming to an end in January.
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Levy is sure to want to recover some of his investment while parting ways with Ndombele. But with clubs already being put off by the player’s wages, we may need to lower our asking price if we are to sell him this month.
Already halfway through the transfer window, a suitable option may be to loan out the player for the remainder of the season with a permanent solution being sought in the summer. Which way the wind will blow remains to be seen.