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Tottenham insider claims ‘crazy’ Tanguy Ndombele solution is now Conte’s only answer after struggles

Tanguy Ndombele, Michail Antonio Lyon v West Ham April 2022

Tottenham could let Tanguy Ndombele leave for “next to nothing” this summer as they accept his downturn in form and value, according to one insider.

The midfielder signed for Spurs in 2019 as a Mauricio Pochettino signing and also a in a club-record deal. While he enjoyed a fast start to life under Pochettino, he did not get on with Jose Mourinho.

Nuno Espirito Santo then also failed to bring the best out of Ndombele, with Antonio Conte not fancying the Frenchman either.

Ndombele therefore moved back to Lyon on loan last summer and the Ligue 1 club have the option to buy him back. He has missed six of Lyon’s 17 league matches since he joined and struggled to make his mark.

Reports have claimed that Tottenham will look to offload their club-record signing in the current transfer window.

According to Spurs insider John Wenham, though, Tottenham are now likely to accept a major loss on Ndombele.

“People can be unrealistic with fees so you have to look at the fact e gave Dele Alli away for basically nothing,” Wenham told Football Insider.

“This is a player who was worth £100million and scoring goals against Real Madrid a few years ago.

“People have got to be realistic and come off Football Manager for a minute. I honestly think Tottenham would let Ndombele go, if someone was willing to pay his wages, next to nothing.

“It might sound crazy but, I’m sorry, it’s not. That’s just how football has gone. Arsenal let go of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang for nothing.”

Wenham added that with “big wages” and three years left on his Tottenham contract, Spurs will struggle to get a decent return.

Ndombele facing Tottenham exit

Tanguy Ndombele dribbling in front of Antonio Conte

“Could he go for £10million? £5million? He has done nothing to justify that fee,” the insider added.

“He has done nothing for anyone to come in and pay a fee, Tottenham would be happy to let him go if someone will cover his salary in full.

“I can’t see anyone paying £20million or £25million for him.”

Lyon’s option to buy is reportedly worth £54million, but it seems unlikely they will pay that much to keep him.

Spurs have to accept loss

Spurs have a recent history of terminating player contracts. After failing to find a buyer for Serge Aurier, Tottenham wrote off the Ivory Coast star’s deal a year before it expired.

At north London rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, Aubameyang is not the only player who has recently terminated his contract.

Willian did the same to secure a move back to Brazil with Corinthians.

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

After such recent instances of contract terminations, Tottenham could well do so again with Ndombele.

The fact that he has three years left on his contract would have helped Spurs – if he was in good form and attracted transfer interest that way.

On the flipside, though, it will surely make a summer sale that bit harder with the player not performing to his best.