Ndombele became Tottenham’s club-record signing in 2019 when he arrived from Lyon for £53.8m, yet three years later, they are ready to move him on.
What’s happened to Ndombele?
The Frenchman started to show what all the fuss was about in the 2020/21 season when he featured in 33 top-flight matches, with Jose Mourinho putting plenty of trust in him.
However, neither Nuno Espirito Santo or Antonio Conte appeared to rate him, and after making just nine Premier League appearances in the first half of last season, he was loaned out to his former club Lyon in January.
Lyon did have the option to buy him outright at the end of the season, but they have declined to take up this opportunity.
It has been reported by Telefoot via The Mirror that Ndombele has spoken to an unnamed Spanish club about a potential move, but Spurs are yet to receive an official offer, and his £200,000-a-week wages could be an issue in terms of getting him off their books.
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What has Jones said about Ndombele?
Jones has suggested that there is a lack of interest in Ndombele right now, and Tottenham may have to consider loaning him out for the second season running.
He has confirmed that Conte does not plan to reintegrate the 25-year-old into his squad next term.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “They’re trying to find clubs for people. Ndombele is going to be one of the toughest, because at the moment there’s no buyer out there. If they can’t find one, there’s no plan for him at the club. So, they’ll have to then find another loan deal that suits him. That’s become one of the main priorities, I think, once the month starts to wear on.”
Will Tottenham be able to sell Ndombele this summer?
As Jones mentioned, it is not going to be easy. Having spent over £50m on him, Spurs will want to get the majority of that money back if possible, but will any club really splash the cash on the inconsistent midfielder? It seems unlikely.
Tottenham’s majority shareholder ENIC has pumped an extra £150m into the club this summer, so it appears that Conte is going to have money to spend on new players ahead of his side’s return to the Champions League.
However, Tottenham will still probably want to balance the books if they can as that is the way the club has been run for a number of years under Daniel Levy.
This means getting rid of fringe players, such as Ndombele, and Spurs may have to take a hit on him and a couple of other squad members just to ensure that they bring in some money, rather than having to loan players out again, like they did in January.
The last thing they will want is Ndombele staying put, but with no hope of featuring under Conte, as he will still be picking up his lofty wages, and will still be costing the club money when he could be playing elsewhere.