The print edition of Corriere Dello Sport (16/12/22 as relayed by Sport Witness) have claimed that Napoli consider the buy-option in Tanguy Ndombele’s loan to deal to represent good value for money.
Although Ndombele has not established himself as a regular starter since his loan move to Naples in the summer, the midfielder has still got 737 minutes of football under his belt across all competitions, which is certainly more than he would have got at Spurs under Antonio Conte.
The Italian club were reported to have the option to make the Frenchman’s loan deal permanent for £30m (Football Insider).
Il Mattino (13/12/22 as relayed by Forza Azzurri) reported a few days ago that the 25-year-old has impressed Luciano Spalletti and ‘seems to have convinced’ Napoli to hang on to him beyond the end of the season.
Corriere have now asserted that Ndombele’s release clause stands at just €25m (£21.8m) and not at £30m as previously reported. The publication adds that the deal is seen as a huge ‘bargain’ by the Italian club.
The report asserts that the former Lyon man has ‘gradually regained his fitness’ during the early stages of the season and now ‘seems ready to do whatever’ Spalletti asks of him, including playing as a number ten or as a mezzala.
Spurs Web Opinion
It would be in Tottenham’s best interest for Napoli to activate the option to buy Ndombele. While one can argue that £21m falls short of the Frenchman’s actual value, it is clear that he is not part of Conte’s plans, and Spurs will be happy for his substantial salary to be removed from their wage bill.
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