Tottenham Hotspur star Tanguy Ndombele, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Barcelona, is reportedly intent on staying in the Premier League.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is ready to reject a transfer to Barcelona in favour of a stay in the Premier League.
Ndombele joined Tottenham last summer in a club record £55 million deal. Despite beginning on a promising note, the 23-year-old has struggled to live up to the expectations, with injuries also hampering his progress. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been vocal in his criticism of the Frenchman, which has led to speculations regarding a rift between the duo.
Amidst all this, Barcelona have reportedly cast their eyes towards the former Olympique Lyon star in a bid to strengthen their midfield unit.
The Catalans are looking to offload both Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic in the summer transfer window and are looking for a younger, more energetic presence to add to the middle of the park, making Ndombele a viable target, despite his struggles in England.
There had been reports of a swap deal, with Barcelona willing to send Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo the other way in exchange for Ndombele. Both the players are of interest to Tottenham, and given their defensive troubles this term, the opportunity is very much likely to have appealed to Mourinho.
Ndombele, though, is prepared to snub this interest from the La Liga champions. The report states that the French international is determined to stay at Tottenham and prove himself in the Premier League. Moreover, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is also reluctant to offload the 23-year-old only a year after having spent so heavily on him.
Ndombele, till date, has featured 27 times for Tottenham across all competitions. The 23-year-old has produced a return of two goals and four assists in the process. The midfielder still has five years left on his current contract with the Lilywhites.
Along with Barcelona, there has been interest in the Tottenham star from French champions Paris Saint-Germain as well. It now remains to be seen if the 23-year-old has a future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next season or if he is offloaded by the North Londoners in order to generate funds to strengthen other departments.