Much like Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea, George-Kevin Nkoudou’s move from Marseille to the Premier League hasn’t worked out as planned.
The deal, that saw Tottenham’s Clinton N’Jié go the other way on loan, was one that took a very long time to sort out, with the wingers eventually signing for their new clubs very late on in the transfer window.
Since then, Nkoudou has barely been used by Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, totalling just 36 minutes of Premier League football so far this season, and France Football now have the reason why this has happened.
The French magazine report in their weekly edition the Tottenham manager did not ask for the French winger to be signed by Spurs, and that the former Southampton boss had no input in the negotiations.
A source close to the transfer told France Football that it was a ‘deal between presidents’, meaning that Daniel Levy took it upon himself to place Nkoudou in Pochettino’s squad.
Now it all depends on how much money the Premier League club can get for him after the winger barely playing for a season.
Will they recoup the £9m they spent on him in the first place? We doubt it.