Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele could be used as part of a swap deal for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in January, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Ndombele yet to feature under Nuno
Since Ndombele moved to England two years ago from Lyon, he has found it hard to settle in and produce consistent performances despite featuring regularly for Spurs.
Under Jose Mourinho last season, he missed only two games, before sitting out a further three matches as Ryan Mason took over for the final month of the campaign.
However, under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo, Ndombele is yet to feature for Spurs this season and was rumoured to want out of the club over the summer, but a move never materialised and he continues with the north London side for now.
The Latest: Frenchman offered for Kessie
The report states that Tottenham are prepared to ‘get serious’ with the AC Milan midfielder and use out-of-favour Ndombele as an option to tempt the Rossoneri into accepting the deal in January before the Ivory Coast international is allowed to leave on a free next summer.
In recent weeks, Kessie has rejected a new deal from Milan and does not have ‘any intention’ of accepting any future proposals. It is likely that competition from Paris Saint-Germain will intensify as they look to add the Ivorian to Giogi Donnarruma to the players they have signed for free from Milan.
The Verdict: Win-win for Spurs
Labelled a ‘complete player’ by his current manager Stefano Pioli, Kessie’s qualities have been clear to see with AC Milan, and the 2022 transfer windows could be his opportunity to come to the Premier League and broaden his horizons.
The deal makes perfect sense for all parties involved, mainly because of Ndombele’s apparent unhappiness in north London. Having yet to even be involved in any matchday squad under Nuno, a move elsewhere is the perfect solution for the French midfielder, who earns a reported £200,000 per week as Spurs’ joint-highest earner alongside Harry Kane.
Kessie scored 13 goals in Serie A alone last season, just one fewer than Ndombele has in his entire career, while the Milan midfielder also won more headers and tackles per game in 2020/21 than his Spurs counterpart. This mooted swap deal would certainly appear to work out favourably for Nuno’s side.
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