Napoli nearing capture of Tanguy Ndombele after offering a £1million loan to Tottenham with a £26million option to buy as Antonio Conte continues to mold the Spurs squad into his image
- Tanguy Ndombele failed to live up to its £55million price tag at Tottenham
- The Frenchman was almost immediately sidelined by Antonio Conte . last year
- The second half of last season was loaned to Lyon in Ligue 1
Napoli are offering a £1million loan with a £26million option to buy for Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
The Italian club is confident of getting the player’s signature, while the Frenchman is said to have told his teammates he is on his way to Campania.
Negotiations gained momentum after Napoli’s opening weekend win over Verona, allaying some of the bubbling discontent in Naples this summer.
Tanguy Ndombele was one of four players banned Antonio Conte from first-team training this summer
The club lost Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, Dries Mertens to Galatasaray and Lorenzo Insigne to Toronto FC.
The three players formed the backbone of the Napoli team for a significant number of years and fans had grown dissatisfied with the club’s owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Ndombele, who was signed for big money and came out of Lyon in 2019 with great hopes, has quite spectacularly failed to deliver on his promise that forced Tottenham to spend £55million on him.
The Frenchman was one of four players who, along with Sergio Reguilon, Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso, were banned from first-team training this summer by Antonio Conte.
The midfielder was never liked by Conte and leaves Tottenham behind for failing to deliver on his promised net worth
Last season, the Frenchman played half a season at Tottenham, with his form patchy at best. After Antonio Conte arrived at the club, however, it was clear his time was up as he was not a midfielder with enough dynamism to work in a Conte system.
As a result, Ndombele was loaned out to Lyon, where he enjoyed slightly more success but still struggled to maintain his fitness.
The midfielder will join Napoli and team up with former Fulham man André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Stanislav Lobotka in midfield. Fabian Ruiz, the Napoli midfielder who has been courted by many of Europe’s biggest clubs, is on his way to Paris Saint-Germain.
The transfers of Ruiz and Ndombele are inextricably linked, with the Spaniard’s place in the selection going to the Frenchman.
Tottenham and Napoli were able to move quickly towards closing the deal thanks to the close relationship of Fabio Paratici and Cristiano Giuntoli, the club’s respective sporting directors who have been friends for over 30 years.
Ndombele returned to his old club Lyon last season, rented from Tottenham from January