The Atheltic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke has revealed that Marseille hold an interest in Tanguy Ndombele but would not be able to afford a deal for the Tottenham midfielder.
Ndombele has failed to live up to expectations since his big-money switch from Lyon in 2019 and it is now clear that the 25-year-old is not part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the future.
While the likes of Sergio Reguilon (Mundo Deportivo), Giovani Lo Celso (Corrierre Fiorentino) and Harry Winks (Daily Mail) are thought to be of interest to several clubs this summer, there has not been as much speculation regarding the future of the French international.
This week, it was reported by Gianluca Di Marzio that Ndombele’s name was discussed when Fabio Paratici met with representatives from AC Milan in Italy.
It remains to be seen whether that deal will progress but Pitt-Brooke has claimed Spurs will find it harder to find a buyer for their record signing this summer as he is not in demand.
When asked about Ndombele, the journalist said on The Last Word on Spurs YouTube channel: “A classic example, Marseille I am told want him, but Marseille don’t have any money, so I think it will be harder to move Ndombele.
“I am optimistic about them eventually doing a deal for Lo Celso to go and for Reguilon to go. They are in-demand players, they won’t get the money they want I imagine, but I think it will happen.
“Ndombele, I’m not optimistic about it happening, I just don’t think he’s in demand enough in Europe. I love Ndombele as a player, but I don’t think clubs out there are desperate to bring him in.”
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Ndombele’s bumper salary would probably prevent a potential sale this summer unless the 25-year-old agrees to take a massive wage cut. Tottenham will likely have no choice but to loan the midfielder out again this summer while covering a significant portion of his wages.
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