Tottenham Hotspur are hopeful that Tanguy Ndombele will secure a permanent move to Napoli thanks to a condition in his loan agreement which stipulates the Italian club must pay £30 million for the Frenchman if they qualify for the Champions League this year, according to Football Insider.

Ndombele, whose £60 million move to Spurs in the summer of 2019 remains a club-record fee, has never adjusted to life in the Premier League having failed to make a consistent impact under the likes of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

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The 25-year-old returned to Lyon in the second half of last season for a loan spell, before joining Napoli in the summer on a season long loan.

His time in Italy has been something of a rollercoaster so far, with pundits over there praising him one week and criticising him the next. Ndombele has one goal and one assist for Napoli this season (Transfermarkt).

Whether Ndombele is playing well or not, Napoli are flying high. They are currently eight points clear at the top of the Serie A table after 15 games and qualified from their Champions League group as winners.

The loan agreement that Spurs have in place with Napoli is said to contain a clause that will be triggered if Napoli finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League again. The clause reportedly puts an obligation on the Italian club to pay £30 million and secure Ndombele on a permanent basis.

Spurs will no doubt be happy to see Napoli at the top of the league, but whether Napoli will want Ndombele long-term remains to be seen.

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It looks like that clause in the loan agreement is going to bite Napoli, who will arguably be keener to see the back of the Frenchman than to keep him at the club. For Spurs though, the chance to offload Ndombele will be something they hope comes to fruition.

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