What Paris Saint-Germain Need to Do to Complete Tanguy Ndombele Move
Struggling in London but Opportunity in France on the Horizon
Ndombele’s stay in North London has not been the most productive for either himself or his club.
The Frenchman moved to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer of 2019 for a pricey fee of £54 million. This made him Spurs’ record signing and thus piled a substantial amount of pressure on his back with expectations high.
Ndombele had impressed with Lyon during the two seasons prior, providing seven league assists in both, and so he was thought likely to produce in the English top-flight. Despite this, the 25-year-old struggled to impress Jose Mourinho when the accomplished Portuguese boss first took over from Maurizio Pochettino at Tottenham in November 2019, and as a result, his minutes were few and far between. However, with much determination, Ndombele was able to overcome his fragile relationship with Mourinho, eventually being described as “second to nobody” in Europe by the now Roma manager, as well as earning a regular place in the starting side.
When Mourinho was sacked towards the end of last season, though, things once again went south for Ndombele. He struggled for playing time under interim boss Ryan Mason in the closing stages of the 2020/21 campaign, and his appearances were similarly limited during Nuno Espirito Santo’s fleeting spell in North London.
Antonio Conte’s tenure at Spurs has been even worse for the French midfielder, and it now looks like his time at Tottenham is over.
The London club are currently in discussions with PSG, where Pochettino, who bought Ndombele back in 2019, is the manager, over a potential loan for the 25-year-old. It is now thought that the deal will only go through if the French giants offer to pay all of the midfielder’s wages, although both teams are eager to complete the deal and will continue to negotiate over the coming days.