Paper Talk: Nuno pushing hard to swap unwanted Tottenham man with impressive upgrade

Tottenham manager Nuno Espírito Santo in Europa Conference League press conference

Tottenham are growing in confidence that a high-level midfielder swap will happen in January, Aston Villa are chasing a Juventus man, while Monday’s transfer gossip details Arsenal fears over the loss of a star on a free transfer.


Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo is ready to push ahead with plans to move unwanted midfielder Tanguy Ndombele on in January.

The midfielder is the club’s record signing, having joined in a £53.8m switch from Lyon in 2019. He endured an up-and-down time under Jose Mourinho – but it seems he’s not fancied by Nuno, who has phased him from the picture.

That has led to claims that the midfielder has ‘no way back’ at Tottenham under the Portuguese coach.

And according to reports in the Italian media, Tottenham have greenlighted plans to offer Ndombele in a straight swap deal for Franck Kessie.

The Milan midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, having refused all offers of an extension.

Milan do not want to lose him for free, with both Spurs and PSG both linked.

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However, Calciomercato claims officials from both clubs see sense in a potential January swap. They claim the potential deal is moving closer to reality given it would solve both clubs’ issues with the two players.

The article claims Juventus are also monitoring developments around Kessie, but seem ready to walk away amid Tottenham’s swap proposal with Ndombele.


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