Tottenham have a verbal agreement in place that will send Tanguy Ndombele to Napoli, though the structure of the deal will do little to help them now, per a trusted source.
The French midfielder has failed to live up to expectations since arriving in north London for £55.65m. Ndombele hasn’t found a regular starting role under three successive managers and per Sky Sports, is one of four first-teamers on the chopping block.
Giovani Lo Celso will return to Spain after Villarreal struck an agreement over a second loan spell. Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon are both for sale, while Ndombele is heading for Naples.
The Daily Mail reported a loan with an option to buy was being discussed between the two clubs.
That is the same structure of deal that took Ndombele to Lyon in January, though the Ligue 1 side opted against making the move permanent.
The terms are indeed a loan with an option – not obligation – to buy, meaning Spurs could be in the exact same position again this time next summer.
Regardless, Spurs will at least remove Ndombele from the equation for 12 months at least. Romano added Napoli are hopeful of wrapping up the move next week.
The subject of personal terms are now being discussed. However, the first hurdle of an agreement between the two clubs has at least been cleared.
Ndombele exit not ideal
Ndombele, Reguilon, Winks and Lo Celso have all been training away from the first-team group. Clearly, the maverick midfielder has no place at Tottenham for as long as Antonio Conte is at the helm.
Conte operates with tough tackling and tenacious midfielders who lay the platform for those around them to thrive. For all his potential, Ndombele is not the profile of player Conte trusts in the engine room.
The ideal scenario would therefore be a permanent sale this summer. Indeed, the funds generated could be reinvested before the September 1 deadline rolls around and the Telegraph claimed a creative midfielder is on the agenda.
A loan with an option to buy means Spurs won’t receive a transfer fee until next summer at the earliest. Even then, Napoli may opt against triggering the clause.
As such, Tottenham will be hopeful Ndombele shines in Italy and even if Napoli don’t take up the option, another suitor may pounce if they like what they’ve seen. The midfielder’s contract in north London doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025.