Report: Spurs make Ndombele stance clear amidst interest from Inter and PSG

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Dom Le Roy

The latest reports from France indicate that Tottenham Hotspur are not prepared to take any financial loss on the club record transfer fee they paid to sign Tanguy Ndombele last summer.

Multiple reports have claimed that Tottenham are in negotiations with Inter Milan for the former Lyon man’s departure this summer, with the possibility of a swap deal involving Milan Skriniar being suggested (Sky Sports Italia via Sempre Inter).

According to Le10Sport (as relayed by Inside Football), Spurs are indeed willing to allow Ndombele to leave this summer but only if their €70million (£63million) valuation is met.

It is claimed that Inter are in talks with the Lilywhites over a possible deal but it is said that the Serie A giants are a long way away from reaching an agreement.

Meanwhile, it is suggested that Paris Saint-Germain have not given up hope of landing the French international.

It is alleged that the Ligue 1 champions would prefer a loan deal for Ndombele but the Lilywhites have made it clear that the midfielder will only leave North London if their asking price is met.

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Daniel Levy is one to usually take a hardball stance while negotiating the sale of a sought-after asset. I am not surprised that he is demanding the full fee that Spurs paid to Lyon for the midfielder last summer.

The difficulty Spurs find themselves in is that Ndombele’s value is only going to drop even further if he finds himself on the bench again next season. I suspect we will eventually see him sold to Inter this summer, with Skriniar coming the other way.

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  1. They should just accept a loss if required. Spurs always trying to do things the el cheapo way like not make losses on sales, or demanding like 100-200 million. It’s all part of their negotiation strategy but it’s incredibly obvious, other clubs aren’t that stupid I imagine. Remember Spurs demanding like 100m for Erikson, then they sold him for almost nothing. Nbombele is another one in that field, the most expensive player they ever bought, and he is a flop. Another one of the many major blunders at Spurs by Spurs management in the past year or two. Nbombele was never good by the way, this ‘fitness’ issue he has is something that was reported by all his prior coaches, going back to when he was young. He used to play low division football and his coach then even said it, said he had an unusual body and had to work super hard on fitness. Nbombele played low div football for a few years, then eventually made it to the Farmers League (French first league) and played for Lyon. Like he is good, but not amazing. All this talk by people that he will make the top 11 best team in all of football, is a future star, is silky smooth etc (I’ve read every single one of those comments), isn’t objective, it’s all said by fanboys. He has had major ‘fitness’ issues his entire career and has never played in a top league or for a top team, he isn’t a top player, I don’t know what the hell Spurs were expecting. I guess after buying Kane and others from low level teams they think every player can be like him, but Kane was like winning the lottery. More often than not you get what you pay for, buy some low level player and more often than not he will stay low level. You can’t be winning the lottery every season. Spurs buying low level players from low level teams explains why Spurs have become quite low level themselves, they’re up there as only a Europa Team now. Cheaping out on the player spending budget (which Spurs have been doing per data) then this is the end result, you get a cheap / low quality squad that only just struggled / managed to get Europa League. Most of the Spurs squad at present is only Europa league quality. Only a small hand-full are anywhere near Champions League level. Spurs punched above their weight for too long, eventually things always return back to the mean. You can’t statistically outperform your potential forever, it eventually reverts back.


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