Tottenham Hotspur are not expecting Lyon to buy Tanguy Ndombele this summer, but do not have their own plans for the midfielder either, a report claims.
Ndombele left Tottenham to return to Lyon on loan during the January transfer window. He has struggled to justify his club-record price tag since joining from the Ligue 1 outfit in 2019.
There was talk of an exit last summer, but in the end, he had to wait until January to get out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. In the process, he re-traced his steps and signed for Lyon for the rest of the season.
Since switching back to French football, Ndombele has made 14 appearances, scoring one goal and assisting two others. However, Football Insider are reporting that Lyon are unlikely to use their option to buy him back permanently.
Doing so would cost them €65million, a very similar amount to what they gained by selling him to Spurs in the first place. It appears they have no plans to give that money back.
Instead, Ndombele is due to report back to Tottenham for pre-season training. However, that does not mean he will be back in the plans of head coach Antonio Conte.
Rather, the 25-year-old will once again have to train separately from his teammates, just as Conte oversaw before his January exit.
It means Ndombele’s representatives will have to get busy in finding him a new club. With a contract until 2025, he will be hoping not to be stuck somewhere he is unwanted for too long.
Spurs desperate to get Ndombele wages off the books
Tanguy Ndombele is finished at Spurs but Tottenham want to make sure his wages are off the books and are willing to talk to Lyon and drop the fee
Only time will tell where Ndombele goes after this season. Prior to his Lyon return, he was also linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Everton, but all were beaten to the punch.
It is as yet unclear if interest remains from any of those parties.
Tottenham have to take some blame for Ndombele to Lyon collapse
Looking back, it always seemed over-optimistic from Tottenham that they would be able to recoup the £55m figure they were hoping for from Lyon.
Ndombele had not lived up to expectations in north London and they knew it. Therefore, they should have acknowledged the drop in his market value.
Now, they may have dug themselves into a hole when it comes to getting him off the books. It is unlikely anyone is going to give them the equivalent of Lyon’s option to buy.
A permanent stay at Lyon may have been Ndombele’s best route for leaving Tottenham. However, Spurs did themselves no favours by demanding such a high sum to make that happen.
Now, all parties will have to wait to see what the solution could be. There is still a good player in there that someone could benefit from. It just seems like it’s destined not to be Spurs.