According to Sky Sports, Barcelona are interested in signing Tanguy Ndombele from Spurs this summer.
Ndombele hasn’t enjoyed the best start to life in the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur splashed the cash last summer to get Ndombele in a deal worth £53 million, as per BBC Sport.
The French midfielder has made nineteen league appearances since signing for Tottenham, scoring twice in the league, and setting up two more.
The expectations for Ndombele were high upon arrival and many feel he hasn’t fulfilled that potential since signing for the club last summer.
A particular low for Ndombele came in a 1-1 draw away at Burnley. The midfielder was subbed off at halftime with Spurs 1-0 down.
Dele Alli levelled matters from the spot in the second half, but they were unable to find a winning goal.
In the post-match interview his manager, Jose Mourinho, suggested that Ndombele wasn’t performing at the expected level and could find it difficult to get back into the side.
Speaking about Ndombele, Jose said: “I know the Premier League is difficult, and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league. But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us.”
A move to Barcelona, however, seems to be developing. According to Sky Sports, they’re interested in Spurs’ record signing as they look to strengthen their midfield.
The reports claim that the Spanish giants are unlikely to be able to afford the Frenchman, but could instead offer the services of Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti in exchange.
If such a deal were to materialize, it could prove to be a positive swap for all parties involved.
Samuel Umtiti seems to have lost his place in Barcelona to fellow Frenchman Clement Lenglet. A move to Spurs would mean increased playing minutes and a potential pay rise.
Nelson Semedo had been a regular this season but is often a subject of debate in Catalonia over his ability. A move to Spurs could benefit the Portuguese international
For Ndombele, a move to Barcelona would be a huge step. The expectations at the club are extremely high for every player.
Despite his struggles with the Premier League’s intensity, Ndombele could thrive in Barcelona where possession-based is often employed.
At Barcelona, Ndombele just might be able to recapture the magical form that convinced Tottenham to sign him.