Saturday, May 18, 2024

TRANSFERS: Barcelona favourites to sign Spurs star

According to the Daily Mail, FC Barcelona are the favourites to sign Spurs midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

The Frenchman joined the North London club in summer 2019 for a fee in the region of £55m, but has been largely unimpressive in his inaugural season in England.

A fair bit of the Frenchman’s first season at Spurs has seen him in the sideline, be it through niggling injuries or just having been dropped.

In total, he’s been in 21 Premier League squads this season, starting 12, subbed on seven times, left on the bench twice and missed four through injury.

Now, reports come from L’Equipe (Via Daily Mail) that Ndombele might want to end his time at Spurs after just one season.

Currently, the favourites to sign him are the Spanish champions Barcelona. The lure of clubs like Barcelona is often too tough to turn down, while the lure of Champions League football could be a factor with Spurs likely to miss out on it this season.

As for Barcelona themselves, their midfield is full of quality, but doesn’t have a whole lot in the way of depth.

Frenkie De Jong has enjoyed a decent first season following his arrival from Ajax. Meanwhile, Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are all in the twilight of their career.

This move, should it happen, could seal Barcelona’s midfield trio for the future. Ndombele, Arthur and De Jong has every chance to be one of the best midfield trios in world football further down the line.

As for the price, Spurs will be looking to recoup as much of the £55m they paid for the Frenchman last summer.

Meanwhile, Barcelona won’t want to spend too much as they target moves for Lautaro Martinez and Neymar Jr – both of which will be very expensive.

Currently, TransferMarkt value Ndombele at £46.8m, a drop in £9m from the amount Spurs paid for him. Given how this season has gone, I’d say that’s a fee that would tempt Daniel Levy.

If, as media reports suggest, Levy is indeed trying to stave off financial worries by moving some players on, this move would present a decent option to do just that.

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