According to a report by Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the agents of Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele have offered the player’s services to Italian side AS Roma, where he would reunite with former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho.
The Lowdown: A disappointing tenure at Spurs
Ndombele signed for Spurs in a deal worth £55 million in the summer of 2019, after showing unbelievable quality in the French league, where he accumulated interest from the biggest clubs across Europe.
However, since arriving at Hotspur Way, the Frenchman has not lived up to the expectations he set in Ligue 1.
The 25-year-old has failed to secure himself as a key player in the Lilywhites side, and this has been the case under a variety of managers during his stint at the club, meaning he has started just 46 out of a possible 94 Premier League fixtures since his arrival.
The Latest: Ndmobele offered to Roma
According to a report by Corriere dello Sport (as shared by Sport Witness), Ndombele’s agents have contacted Serie A side AS Roma to sound out a deal, where he would reunite with Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager was known to publicly criticise the midfielder during his time at Spurs. However, he was also vocal about the Frenchman’s ability, claiming this was the reason why he kept pushing the player for more, even hailing the 25 year-old as ‘magnificent‘.
The Verdict: Has to be permanent
Mourinho handed Ndombele 57 appearances during his year-and-a-half stint at the club and the latter found the net six times, more than he has under any other manager in his entire career.
This affection makes it seem plausible that the Roma boss would like to bring him to Italy, where the pair could have a go at bringing the best out of the man Tim Sherwood praised as a ‘maverick’ for his natural ability on the ball.
However, the report says Roma would struggle to cover the player’s wages, which are estimated to be £200,000 per-week. As a result, Ndombele is ‘not a first choice’ for them right now. If they do choose to go all in for the Frenchman, they would have to do so on a loan deal, due to the club’s finances.
Put simply, Tottenham need to find a permanent buyer for the player or a pathway back into Conte’s plans. A loan deal which leaves Daniel Levy and co still paying part of those huge wages helps nobody except Roma.
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