Italian journalist Ciro Venerato has suggested that Napoli might only make a move to sign Tanguy Ndombele permanently this summer if they get a sizeable fee for striker Victor Osimhen.

While Ndombele has struggled to get starts under his belt during his loan spell at Naples, he has delivered countless impressive cames off the bench, which has led to suggestions that he might attract plenty of interest from Italy in the summer.

Tanguy Ndombele

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Sport Mediaset reported last week that Napoli might not be prepared to activate the €30m (£26.3m) option to buy the Frenchman as they deem the fee to be excessive.

The report asserted that Spurs are keen to ‘get rid’ of the 26-year-old and are even open to terminating his contract this summer by paying off the player.

It was suggested that should Tottenham terminate Ndombele’s contract, the likes of AS Roma and Juventus could look to snap him up as a free agent.

When asked about the chances of Ndombele staying put at Naples next season, Venerato has now told 1 Station Radio (as relayed by Tutto Napoli):

“A lot depends on the money you have on hand.

“With the sale of Osimhen, the club will be able to make use of an important economic base to invest in other departments as well, being able to also invest in players such as Frattesi. 

“Where, however, Osimhen remained, there would be less economic strength to focus on players like the one currently in force at Sassuolo, and certainly different profiles would be chosen. 

“Furthermore, late transfer shots are not excluded, taking advantage of some redundancies from a top club.

“Interest in Lecce’s Hujlmand cannot be ruled out either. It’s a knot that will only be untied in the summer”.

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I would expect Napoli to begin talks with Tottenham regarding potentially bringing down Ndombele’s asking price to around €15m (£13.2m).

I would expect Spurs to be prepared to lower their price as they would be desperate to get the former Lyon man off their wage bill.

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