Tottenham are reportedly considering terminating the contract of a midfielder who still has more than two years left on his current deal.
There are expected to be many changes at Spurs this summer, with another new manager poised to walk through the door, which will almost certainly lead to more changes to the first-team squad.
Defensive and midfield additions are very much on the cards, while a new goalkeeper could also arrive to replace the long-serving Hugo Lloris.
However, Tottenham’s engine room has been heavily criticised for lacking any sort of creativity since Rodrigo Bentancur was sidelined for the rest of the season back in February.
The club did, though, allow both Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to leave on loan for Napoli and Villarreal respectively last summer, with the duo not fancied by Antonio Conte at the time.
And while the latter has enjoyed a productive season in Spain, Ndombele has struggled to make his mark in Naples.
It was always thought that would-be Serie A champions Napoli would not take up the midfielder’s €30million option to buy. And now reports from Italy have added to what the future holds for the France international.
Sport Mediaset states that Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis doesn’t want to pay that much for a player who has not been a regular starter for his side.
Ndombele facing axe at Tottenham
The report even adds that Spurs ‘would like to get rid’ of Ndombele this summer and are even thinking of terminating his contract, with severance pay.
That would then open the door for other clubs to land him for nothing, with Juventus and Roma both thought to be keen in that scenario.
Ndombele’s current contract with Tottenham runs until 2025. To that end, it could take some negotiating to get the player to agree to have his deal ripped up.
But the fact that he is not in their plans in any way and Napoli are refusing to fork out for his option to buy, Spurs may have very little choice but to pull the plug.
The only other avenue for Ndombele and the club to follow would be yet another loan. However, it’s thought that if Julian Nagelsmann takes charge in north London, the German will want a complete clean slate to build a side with his own vision and any stragglers will be offloaded for good.
Tottenham are back in action on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League, looking to get back to winning ways after their demoralising 4-3 loss at Liverpool over the weekend.