Tottenham Hotspur could finally offload Tanguy Ndombele this summer transfer window…
According to Spanish journalist Xavi Jorquera Marquez, Villarreal could be a potential destination for the French midfielder following a positive meeting with Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici.
“The Villarreal board has left the meeting with Tottenham very happy,” he tweeted.
“The club has taken a very important step for Gio[vani Lo Celso]. Apart from [Lo Celso], the names of Pervis Estupiñán and Tanguy Ndombelé have come out.
“[Ndombele] likes it a lot. A possible exchange has been considered.”
The 25-year-old, formerly of Lyon, is one of several Spurs players on the chopping block this month.
He has struggled to hit the heights that a club-record £55m signing should be reaching, as in his three-year spell so far, Ndombele has made 91 appearances but only contributed ten goals and nine assists, via Transfermarkt.
Signed by Mauricio Pochettino, Ndombele’s attitude has often been questioned, on top of his evident inconsistencies on the pitch. Just three months after Antonio Conte arrived in the dugout, the midfielder was shipped back to his old club on loan but they weren’t willing to sign him permanently.
Football Insider pundit Alan Hutton once slammed him as “very lazy” and suggested that he had a “petulant” attitude, whilst Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher has previously described him as “disgraceful.”
Considering he is also Spurs’ joint highest earner on a reported wage of £200k-per-week, he has been nothing short of a disaster for chairman Daniel Levy, so if Paratici can follow up his recent meeting with the Yellow Submarines board with a formal swap offer, then it would be very wise indeed.
Another wing-back may not be needed but with Sergio Reguilon also thought to be up for sale, Estupinan could be a decent backup signing. According to scout Jacek Kulig, he is “one of the best left-backs in LaLiga” and is “underrated.”
The 24-year-old arriving as the seventh signing of the summer could well allow Tottenham’s nightmare with Ndombele to finally end. If a deal can be done, then Paratici must get it done.
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