Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is willing to sell Tanguy Ndombele if a solid offer comes their way for the French midfielder, according to one observer.
Expectations are beginning to build about Tottenham’s transfer activity this month. The appointment of Conte as head coach recently has only heightened hopes of a busy window. The Italian has been demanding in the transfer market wherever he has been.
There are several areas of the Spurs squad that could do with upgrading. But there is a feeling that they may have to offload some players before they can focus on bringing others in.
Many of the fringe members of Conte’s squad have not taken their chances to impress. Even some of the more regular first-team players have been performing below their usual standards. Hence, the club could axe several of them when the opportunity arises.
As such, the likes of Ndombele, Dele Alli and Matt Doherty are all expected to depart.
And with Doherty likely to depart, it’s not likely to be long before he’s joined through the exit doors by Ndombele.
The midfielder has failed to hit top form on a consistent basis since a club-record move to Spurs. Indeed, he has made just one Premier League start since Conte took charge.
And the Spurs boss only offered a vague reply when questioned about the player last week.
“He’s a midfielder and I think he’s a midfielder,” Conte stated. “I pay the same attention to every player and in every single session I pay great attention to every single player.
“My concentration is not only 12, 13 or 14 players. Then there are players that understand and players who need more time or find it difficult to understand the situation.
“But I repeat before to speak about the transfer market, it’s better for me and the club to speak together and then we’ll have the situation more clearer than now. To speak about players now whether they can come or go is not right and it’s not honest.”
Now pundit Noel Whelan is backing Spurs to sell Ndombele if a suitable offer comes in.
And, speaking to Football Insider, he fully expects Spurs to take a bit of a financial hit on their record buy.
“Yeah, absolutely [they would sell him],” Whelan said.
“There are quite a few clubs with these disgruntled players on the books and managers who are unhappy with their players. And top players, at that – the likes of Lukaku, Aubameyang, and Ndombele.
Alli finding his way out of Tottenham
Spurs are willing to listen to offers for the English midfielder in January.
“You just can’t have these negative attitudes in your dressing room. It’s all about getting the right balance and togetherness – it’s massive.
“It’d be best for Tottenham to cut their losses, 100%. Three managers have tried and failed with Ndombele, they’ve all come out with the same conclusion.
“The manager and Tottenham fans will feel there’s more to come from him in terms of work rate and attitude. However, I don’t think anyone will complain if he leaves in this window.”
Ndombele swap for Kessie fails
One man who would provide a serious upgrade on Ndombele is AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
The Ivorian is currently unwilling to sign a contract extension with the Rossoneri, meaning he will likely leave the club as a free agent at the end of the season.
Milan are known to have been in talks with the player’s agent George Atangana for some time in the hope of renewing Kessie’s deal. However, the midfielder’s representative has requested a new €8-9m-a-year deal, while the Rossoneri have offered a €6.5m-a-year contract.
According to SportMediaset and Il Corriere della Sera, Conte remains keen on a move for the player. However, efforts to swap Kessie with Ndombele have fallen on deaf ears, per the reports.
However, Milan have no interest in the Frenchman and are prepared to stick with Kessie. And unless they accept a cash sale now, that will likely see them lose their star midfielder on a free at the end of the season.