Barcelona will reportedly have to face competition from Paris Saint-Germain in their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
According to a report from TransferMarketWeb.com, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele seems to be in demand in the transfer market despite enduring a difficult 2019-20 campaign. The Frenchman is on the radars of La Liga champions Barcelona and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Ndombele burst onto the scenes during his two-year stint with Lyon, during which he established himself as one of the most sought-after young midfielders in Europe. Tottenham beat a number of interested parties to the 23-year-old’s signing last summer, snapping him up for a club record €60 million fee.
However, contrary to expectations, Ndombele has struggled in his first season with the North London outfit. Injuries haven’t helped the midfielder’s cause, but he has generally not done enough to convince when fit and involved either. The 23-year-old has also been on the receiving end of some harsh words from Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho.
Amid reports of a strained relationship with Mourinho, Ndombele’s future at Tottenham is surrounded by clouds of uncertainty, with Barcelona taking an interest in the 23-year-old.
The Catalans could be short on numbers in midfield next season amid doubts over the future of Ivan Rakitic, who has been linked with an exit from Camp Nou for a while now. Arturo Vidal, too, could be allowed to leave, having seen game time reduced over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, explaining Barcelona’s interest in Ndombele.
But, they will now have to face competition from French heavyweights PSG. Thomas Tuchel hasn’t been entirely convinced with the options at his disposal in midfield. Apart from Marco Verratti, none of the players have been consistent enough, with last summer’s arrival Ander Herrera particularly failing to make the desired impact.
So, it makes sense that Les Parisiens are looking to add a new central midfielder to the ranks. And Ndombele fits the bill given his know-how of the French football scenes from his time with Lyon.
In his first season with Tottenham, Ndombele has made 27 appearances across all competitions. He has contributed with two goals and four assists, showing glimpses of the potential and quality he possesses.
Ndombele is contracted with Tottenham till the summer of 2025. Given Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy’s reputation of being a tough negotiator, any interested party will have to pay a hefty fee to land Ndombele in the summer. It remains to be seen if either of Barcelona or PSG decide to launch a move for the French international.