Barcelona are reportedly considering a summer move for Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele following the midfielder’s difficult debut season at the club.
Spurs‘ club-record signing has struggled to make an impression in English football following his £55 million move from Lyon last summer, with the midfielder’s season reaching a new low as he was hauled off at half-time during Spurs’ draw at Burnley earlier this month.
Jose Mourinho has publicly criticised the 23-year-old for his lack of work-rate and industry, and his future in north London appears uncertain after failing to win favour with the Portuguese since his arrival as manager in November.
According to Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo, however, Ndombele could be handed an exit route from his Spurs misery by Barcelona, the Catalan side considering a move to take the midfielder to the Camp Nou.
The France international was tracked by several of Europe’s leading clubs prior to his switch to Tottenham lasts summer, and Barcelona Director of Football Eric Abidal is believed to remain an admirer of his compatriot after being impressed by his emergence at Lyon.
The Spanish champions are believed to be in the market for additions as they bid to overhaul an ageing midfield, and Mourinho could be prepared to cash-in on Ndombele should they recoup a significant fee.
Mourinho could look to reinvest any fee into a deal for RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer, reports in Germany linking the club with a move for the Austrian who starred as the Bundesliga side dumped Spurs out of the Champions League earlier this month.