Tottenham Hotspur are ‘close’ to completing a deal with Inter Milan to sell Tanguy Ndombele this summer, according to reports from France.
French football journalist Julien Maynard claims, as per @Daily_Hotspur, that Spurs are one step nearer to reaching an agreement with the Serie A giants. However, Ndombele is currently unconvinced by the move, which could prove to be a stumbling block. He currently has four years of his contract left to run but may be left with no other option.
Ndombele and Mourinho share a frosty relationship which has spilled out into something resembling a soap drama since the Premier League restart in June.
While Daniel Levy has insisted that the six-cap French international will not be sold in the summer, it seems that negotiations are still ongoing behind closed doors. The Lilywhites feel that the 23-year-old, who arrived in north London from Lyon last year, needs time to adapt to the English top flight.
Ndombele has hardly featured at all following the restart, making just two appearances from the bench, before being dropped from the squad altogether. He has scored just two goals and supplied four assists in 30 games in all competitions so far, averaging fewer than one key pass per game (via WhoScored).
Ndombele’s transfer hasn’t worked out as well as planned and the Lilywhites should look to cut their losses in the summer. He is currently valued at £40m via Transfermarkt, although it remains to be seen if the board will be able to recoup anywhere near the £55m they originally paid for him.
Spurs aren’t short of defensive midfielders, as Eric Dier, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Oliver Skipp can all play in that position if required. Mourinho could then reinvest the cash in other areas of his squad that urgently need addressing, like fixing a leaky defence.
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