Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly be locking horns in pursuit of Tanguy Ndombele in the summer.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Tanguy Ndombele will leave Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window. Despite his struggles at Spurs, the French midfielder is a popular figure in the transfer market, with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain keen on signing him.
Tanguy Ndombele joined Tottenham from Lyon in a big-money deal in July 2019 and has since failed to justify the hype surrounding him at the time. The 25-year-old has struggled to establish a foothold in the first-team setup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Antonio Conte, in particular, not fancying him.
To date, the French international has made 91 appearances for Tottenham, chipping in with ten goals and nine assists in the process. His lowest ebb as a Spurs player came recently when he was booed by the Lilywhites’ fans in an FA Cup game. And the north Londoners are ready to cut their losses on him in the summer, with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and PSG vying for his signature.
Barcelona’s initial links with Ndombele suggested they were considering signing him in January. But the Catalan giants will wait till the summer transfer window to launch the offensive for him. Frenkie de Jong could leave Barcelona in the summer amid their financial woes. And with Sergio Busquets in the twilight of his career, bringing in a midfielder will be imperative for the club, making Ndombele a viable target.
Atletico Madrid might also be in the market for a central midfielder as Hector Herrera is likely to depart the Wanda Metropolitano after the season ends. In addition, Atletico Madrid might sell Saul Niguez permanently once he returns from his loan spell at Chelsea. Ndombele is thus an option worth considering for the reigning La Liga champions.
PSG’s interest in Ndombele stems from the advancing years of Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera, coupled with Marco Verratti’s delicate fitness situation. And with Georginio Wijnaldum struggling to settle down at Parc des Princes, PSG’s need for a midfielder has accentuated. To that end, Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing a reunion with the Tottenham midfielder in the summer.
Initial reports had claimed that Tottenham could sell Ndombele in January. But with a fixture pile-up on the horizon, Antonio Conte will need all his resources at his disposal before replacing the Frenchman with an upgrade in the summer. And ahead of the 2022/23 season, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and PSG will likely lock horns to sign the 25-year-old.