Tottenham are set to sell Tanguy Ndombele to Napoli, just three years after they made him their record-signing.
Ndombele moved to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from Lyon in 2019 for £54million and got off to the perfect start in North London by scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
It would be all downhill from there however, with the French midfielder struggling to adjust to the Premier League and getting publicly criticised by then-manager Jose Mourinho for his poor form and perceived unprofessionalism.
He worked his way back into first-team contention but continued to struggle with fitness and injuries, with Antonio Conte shipping him back to Lyon on loan for the second half of last season.
The Ligue 1 club had the option of buying him back this summer but declined, however Conte made it clear that the 25-year-old was not part of his plans, and he was one of four players left out of Tottenham’s pre-season tour alongside Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks.
As a result, Ndombele was free to leave this summer and he has now found his next club in the form of Napoli, who, according to Fabrizio Romano, will pay €1m to take him on loan while covering a large part of his salary, with a €30m (£25m) buy-out option included.
Should the Serie A side take up that option, Tottenham will have lost around £26m on the player that they once had such high hopes for.
In all, Ndombele made 91 appearances for Spurs scoring 10 goals and making nine assists, aiding the club’s run to the Carabao Cup final in 2021.
He will become the club’s sixth major departure this summer, following the sales of Steven Bergwijn to Ajax, Cameron Carter-Vickers to Celtic and Jack Clarke to Sunderland, as well as the loaning out of Lo Celso to Villarreal and Joe Rodon to Rennes.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have just completed their seventh signing of the transfer window with left-back Destiny Udogie arriving from Udinese, although he will spending the season on loan at the Italian club.
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