Former Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown, has confidently claimed that Daniel Levy will not be ready to take even a modest loss on Tanguy Ndombele.
Tottenham paid £55million to sign Ndombele from Lyon last summer where big things were expected of the midfielder, with the North Londoners having shattered their transfer record to land him (Guardian).
However, the Frenchman has had a disappointing first season in North London and only managed to play 64 minutes following the resumption of the Premier League campaign with Jose Mourinho deciding to make him a regular fixture on the bench before a knee injury saw him miss the final three matches (transfermarkt).
It has been claimed that the Lilywhites may be prepared to part ways with the former Lyon man after just one season.
Inter Milan are the latest side to be linked with a move for Ndombele, with a £45million deal being mooted (Guardian).
However, Brown was adamant that Levy will not accept a loss on the club’s record signing.
He claimed that the 23-year-old will only be sold for a lower fee if Jose Mourinho is convinced he is not part of his future plans in North London.
Speaking to Football Insider, the pundit said: “I don’t know anyone who says they’ll accept a £10 million loss (on Ndombele) when it’s Daniel Levy, he will not want to lose that.
“He’ll certainly be trying to make that money back. Ndombele has got great ability I’m sure but it might just take him a little bit longer.
“If he’s not going to be in Jose Mourinho’s plans that might be the only time the club might have to take a bit of a hit.”
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The fact is that Ndombele does not seem to be in Mourinho’s plans. The Spurs boss does not seem to trust the Frenchman to do the work he needs to off the ball. While this is not an ideal market to sell a potentially expensive asset, the reality is that Ndombele’s value is only going to drop further if he does not feature much again next season.
Daniel Levy will be aware of that and would have spoken to Jose about his prospects of game time. I suspect the Spurs boss would have been in favour of cashing in on him and spending that money on other targets seeing as the squad is in need of a major rebuild and funds are hard to come by.
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