Despite making his wishes clear before the season even came to an end, Tanguy Ndombele is no closer to leaving Tottenham this summer.
The French midfielder has been subject to some interest from Inter Milan during the window, but the Italian side have prioritised the signing of Arturo Vidal from Barcelona. With Spurs playing hardball over a fee for Ndombele, they seem to be pushing him closer to staying at the club rather than towards the exit.
According to reports, Ndombele and manager Jose Mourinho had conversations back in June about his future at the club. It’s said that during that meeting, both parties made it clear they saw no future working together and Ndombele barely featured towards the end of the season post-lockdown.
The player showed tremendous potential during his time at Lyon, which was enough to convince Spurs to spend a club record £54million on him. Since coming to the Premier League though, Ndombele has struggled with the physical demands of the league. He has picked up several injuries throughout the season but also tends to look exhausted part-way through games. In fact, during his first season in the Premier League he managed to complete 90 minutes just three times – and only once under Mourinho.
With Inter Milan likely to sign Vidal instead of Ndombele now, his options seem slim. A move back to Lyon could be an option if Spurs were willing to allow a loan move, with the French side likely to lose Houssem Aouar this summer. Ndombele wouldn’t have the toughest of decisions to make if that were the only option, since Spurs are only in the Europa League while Lyon aren’t in Europe at all. A loan move would get him away from a place he doesn’t want to be and into a place where he is loved. The sacrifice of no Europa League football is an easy one to make.
Other than that, it would take something out of left-field to swoop him away. All the top clubs are clearly prioritising their money elsewhere and if Spurs are going to remain firm on their asking price to get back the baulk of what they spent last year, then the likelihood of him moving anywhere is very low.
Ndombele is currently in France quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19, which forced his withdrawal from the French national team squad for the upcoming international break.