Tottenham are working on two separate deals to send both Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele to Villarreal, though the exits won’t stop there, per reports.
Tottenham conducted the vast bulk of their business early this summer. Indeed, no fewer than six first-teamers had arrived by July 19.
However, progress on the exits front has been altogether slower. Though per both Sky Sports and Fabrizio Romano, that could soon change.
Firstly, Sky report all four of Ndombele, Lo Celso, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon are free to find new clubs. None of the quartet were involved in Tottenham’s 4-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday.
Regarding the first two, they state Spanish side Villarreal are emerging as a likely landing spot.
Lo Celso spent the latter half of last season on loan with Unai Emery’s side. The Argentine impressed and the Yellow Submarine are keen once again.
He is described as one of their ‘top targets’ and a loan deal is currently being worked on.
Villarreal aren’t financially capable of pushing for a permanent deal right now, though the loan route could include an option or obligation to buy for 2023.
Indeed, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted such a move is getting ‘closer’ and the buy option could become mandatory pending unspecified achievable targets.
Ndombele to join Lo Celso in Villarreal?
Villarreal are also pursuing a separate yet similar deal for Ndombele.
The Frenchman has no place in Conte’s plans and another loan with an option that could become an obligation to buy is in being discussed.
Sky note Ndombele does have other suitors including AC Milan, Marseille and Galatasaray. But for now, it is Villarreal who are in negotiations.
Reguilon and Winks could also depart to bring the quick-fire exits to four. Sky reaffirm the pair are not in their manager’s plans and can leave if suitable offers are lodged.
Signing number seven coming
A seventh first-team addition is in the works in the form of Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie.
Romano previously tweeted a ‘full agreement’ has been reached that would see Udogie join Tottenham for around £21m. He would then be loaned back to Udinese for the 2022/23 campaign.
Sky’s latest on that front suggests there remains work to be done in the deal. Indeed, they report Spurs ‘remain in talks’, though there is no suggestion the move is stalling or will collapse.
Udogie would represent a signing for the future given both Conte and Fabio Paratici have already okayed the immediate loan exit plan.
Even if Reguilon departs, Spurs still have Ryan Sessegnon and Ivan Perisic for the left wing-back role.