Tottenham Hotspur are set for discussions with Napoli about Tanguy Ndombele, with the Serie A leaders now wanting to make his loan move permanent.
The Lowdown: Ndombele’s loan spell
The Frenchman joined Napoli on loan for the 2022/23 season in August, with the deal including an option to make the move permanent, and it appears as though the Azzurri have already been sufficiently impressed to commence talks about this possibility.
The midfielder – who turns 26 today – has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, emerging as a vital player for Napoli in their title charge, with Luciano Spalletti’s team eight points clear at the summit of Serie A.
The Latest: Napoli set for Ndombele discussions
Foot Mercato reported on Monday evening that Napoli are able to sign Ndombele permanently for a fee of around £26m, although discussions are set to take place in January about lowering this amount.
While the player himself is in favour of extending his stay in Italy, a permanent deal will hinge upon Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy finding a suitable agreement, with the report claiming that the 60-year-old is renowned as a tough negotiator.
The Verdict: Best for all parties
The 26-year-old was hailed as ‘fantastic‘ by his former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino during his early days in N17 but he failed to kick on, never really managing to convince supporters that he was worth the club-record £63m fee that he cost in 2019.
Last season, the midfielder made just nine appearances in the Premier League, with it becoming clear that he was not up to the standard required to succeed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, his 6.46 rating from WhoScored placing him a lowly 19th in Antonio Conte’s squad.
However, he has clearly impressed Spalletti with his performances in Serie A this season, so Spurs could have a good opportunity to recoup some of the money that they spent on him three-and-a-half years ago.
If Levy risks waiting until the end of the season, when Napoli are presented with the £26m option, Ndombele’s performances may have dipped, and Spurs could end up parting with the Frenchman for far less.