Barcelona are keen to include Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in their ranks this summer, according to surprising reports from Spain.
The 23-year-old has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League since becoming Spurs’ record last summer following his £ 65m move from Lyon.
Previously, he was relocated to the Nou Camp before opting for the club in North London, although he was often criticized by manager Jose Mourinho and his future at the club appears uncertain.
And this bad relationship with Mourinho could open the door for Barcelona to snap up the French international, so the Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo .
The report adds that a striker is the top priority for the Spanish giants in the summer transfer window, but that Ndombele’s status as a “modern midfielder” makes him an ideal replacement for the aging midfield duo Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, both 32.
However, the Catalan club has identified another midfield goal in Napolis Fabian Ruiz, with whose impressive Serie A performances he has also gained connections real Madrid.
Ndombele’s Spurs career got off to a good start when he scored on his Premier League debut, but injuries and lack of match fitness have affected his performance and he has received criticism from Mourinho.
In the last Spurs league game, the Frenchman was halfway behind his team. His successor, Giovani Lo Celso, looked much more dynamic and the visitors earned a point thanks to Dele Alli’s penalty.
After the game, Mourinho said, “We didn’t have a midfield in the first half.” Of course, I’m not talking about Skipp because he’s a 19-year-old who has played two hours in the past few days. I don’t criticize him at all.
“But I won’t run away and I have to say that he [Ndombele] has had enough time to go to another level. I know that the Premier League is difficult and it takes some players a long time to adapt to another league.
“But a player with his potential has to give us more than he gives us, especially when you see Lucas, Lo Celso and these players playing. I expected more from him in the first half. “
It remains to be seen whether Ndombele will come to the market this summer due to a deteriorating relationship with his manager, with Barcelona closely monitoring the situation.