If there’s one certainty at Tottenham these days, it’s that Tanguy Ndombélé isn’t in Antonio Conte’s good books.
The midfielder has been cast to one side by the Italian manager, and there have been numerous rumours of a January deal being sorted before the end of the transfer window.
A number of clubs have been named as potential suitors, with AS Roma one of the more common, mostly because of José Mourinho and the relationship he has with Ndombélé.
Corriere dello Sport cover all this, putting the Frenchman forward as the main alternative for Boubacar Kamara, who is top of the list of potential midfield targets at this moment in time.
They state the player was ‘offered to AS Roma’ after Daniel Levy decided to ‘put the French midfielder on the market’, who has worked with Mourinho in the past.
It’s made clear Ndombélé ‘can only leave on loan’, and ‘among the clubs that have been surveyed by the agents’ can be found Roma.
The main issue here is the player’s wages, as his €10m/year salary is a ‘figure that is impossible’ for the Serie A side at this moment in time.
Despite all this, he remains a player Mourinho ‘had been chasing all summer and would easily integrate with Sérgio Oliveira’, the Portuguese midfielder recently brought in on loan from FC Porto.
A few obstacles to overcome, then, but Levy appears to have made his mind up with Ndombélé.