Foot Mercato have revealed that Napoli and Villarreal have both stepped up their efforts to sign Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, after three Premier League clubs and a range of others showed interest earlier in the summer.
Villarreal’s interest in Ndombele first came to light on Monday when Fabrizio Romano revealed the La Liga club were exploring a loan move for the Frenchman while negotiating a deal for his Spurs teammate Giovani Lo Celso.
The print edition of Corriere dello Sport (11/08/22 – as relayed by Sport Witness) then revealed this week that Napoli had identified the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for Fabian Ruiz, who is set to join Paris Saint-Germain.
The report added that the former Lyon man would prefer to seal a permanent move away from Spurs and is even prepared to take a pay cut to make that happen.
FootMercato have now claimed that ‘many clubs’ across Europe are ‘seduced’ by Ndombele’s profile.
Apart from Villarreal and Napoli, Marseille, Real Betis, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Everton, Bayer Leverkusen, AC Milan and Napoli all thought to have explored a move for the midfielder this summer.
The report asserts that Napoli and Villarreal have now ‘taken a step forward’ to try and sign the French international. Both clubs are said to prefer signing Ndombele on an initial loan deal with an option to make it permanent.
Sky Sports also reinforced the Napoli half of that claim, stating that Spurs and the Serie A club are in talks and a deal is ‘progressing’.
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Unsurprisingly, interest in Ndombele seems to be mounting as we near the end of the transfer window. I am sure that will also be the case for the likes of Harry Winks, Sergio Reguilon and Japhet Tanganga over the next couple of weeks.
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