Well, that definitely didn’t take long. The booing around Tottenham Hotspur’s cavernous stadium has barely stopped and we already have credible rumors linking Tanguy Ndombele away from the club.
This particular rumor concerns two Italian clubs, but a French journalist. Telefoot Mercato’s Julian Maynard has reported on the transfer rumors on Twitter as he discusses Ndombele’s future (or lack thereof) at Spurs, and where he may end up by the end of this month.
– Umtiti stretched..but it can be loaned this winter!
– Digne wants to leave, and he agrees with Aston Villa
Mourinho called him up, Ndombele called him up in Italy
– Telefoot (@telefoot_TF1) January 11 2022
French? I mean of course, I don’t speak French, you guys. A good summary of Maynard’s comments on Tanguy comes from Get French Football News: It is now very likely that Tanguy will be out on loan this month, assuming Tottenham can’t find someone to buy him right away. Two Serie A clubs are particularly linked – Napoli are the favorites, although Roma are another potential option, and Jose Mourinho appears to have invited Ndombele directly to talk about the possibility of bringing him to Roma.
Reunited as she swayed so gooooood…
Let’s put aside, for a moment, a file unbelievable Joking Jose Mourinho (of all people) turns out to be Ndombele’s ticket out of Tottenham. Napoli would never be a bad place for him to land, if Spurs can get them to pay all (or even most) of his wages. As I understand it, Julien Meynard is a top-tier source for French footballers, and I’ve heard him describe him as David Ornstein of Ligue 1. So I’m inclined to think there is something here.
After the Great Shrimp Disaster of 2022, even the most staunch Tanguy defender (like me) has to admit that the prospects of him returning to the first-team squad at Tottenham look remote at best. If I had to guess (which is why this blog pays me), I would say that Tottenham are now feeling very motivated to go to Italy or to whatever club they want to pay, even if only temporarily. It would be crazy to think that this will be resolved anytime in the near future, but I expect this isn’t the last time we’ll hear about clubs linked to a crazy talented but mercurial creative midfielder trapped in north London.