Alex Crook has told talkSPORT (Air 19/1; 12:11) that Atletico Madrid are very much in the frame to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Tottenham Hotspur, with the midfielder preferring a move to Spain if he leaves this month- this.
Ndombele continues to be linked with a move. Several teams have the Frenchman on their radar despite his struggles for Spurs.
Reports suggest that Juventus, Roma and Napoli want the 25-year-old. Clearly, there is a big problem as Tottenham look to offload Ndombele.
He is Spurs’ record signing. And he’s one of the highest earners in North London. It can therefore be difficult to find someone to take Ndombele in any capacity.
The good news is that Italy isn’t the only country taking an interest in it. Crook claimed that Atletico are also in contention. And he added that Ndombele would be very open to heading to La Liga.
“There is interest from Napoli, although sources close to the midfielder suggest he would prefer a move to Spain,” he told talkSPORT.
“I know Barcelona have been admirers in the past. Atletico Madrid are also very much in the hunt for his signature. I think if he goes there this month it will be a loan deal.
Atletico Madrid a club that could be able to finance the transfer of Tottenham star Ndombele
Of course, it would be asking a lot for any club to do what it takes to sign him permanently this month. Tottenham will surely want to recoup much of what they paid Lyon for Ndombele.
But Atletico are one side that could afford to mount a significant loan offer. They are ready to part with large sums in terms of salaries.
Atleti struggled to defend their La Liga title. They are fourth, 16 points from the top. So Diego Simeone might be tempted to try and bring a marquee name to the club before the window closes.
A loan move can be better for all parties. Atletico are reportedly landing a player Jose Mourinho previously described as ‘magnificent’. Ndombele, meanwhile, could get that fresh start he really seems to need now.
And Tottenham will have Ndombele showcased for them before the summer.
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