Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur might not be able to find a buyer for Tanguy Ndombele in the summer.
Ndombele had a promising start to his second spell at Lyon after returning to the club on loan on January transfer deadline day. However, the midfielder has blown hot and cold over the recent weeks and has come under criticism for his work rate (RMC via Foot Radio).
Ndombele put in a disappointing display in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final against West Ham earlier this month, with GFFN giving the on-loan Spurs man a rating of 3/10, labelling his performance as ‘erratic’.
Lyon have the option to make Ndombele’s loan deal permanent for a fee of £54m (Sky Sports) but CalcioMercato reported last week that the Ligue 1 club have no intention of paying the fee so the midfielder is expected to return to North London in the summer.
Bridge believes that Spurs will have no choice but to loan the Frenchman out again.
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “The one I’m worried about is Ndombele. I think they could find it hard to get rid of him permanently. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re talking in August, and he’s still around.
“Because I don’t see Lyon paying that money. That loan deal where they can buy him for about £50m. I remember at the time saying: ‘Lyon haven’t got that money’. That’s madness.’ So, he’ll need to do a lot to convince Lyon to pay.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s here in August. Tottenham might have to just bite the bullet again and loan him out.”
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It looks like the decision to pay a big fee for Ndombele and give him a bumper contract is going to haunt us for a long time.
Even if Spurs are prepared to sell the Frenchman for a cut-price fee, the midfielder will have to accept a substantial wage cut if a transfer is to go through.
So another loan move is probably the most likely outcome for the 25-year-old this summer.
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