Barcelona aren’t short of midfielders with Sergio Busquets, Nico Gonzalez, Frenkie De Jong, Pedri, Gavi, Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig at their disposal, but Sport say the Catalan giants are after another addition to the engine room in January.
De Jong, Pedri and Roberto have struggled with injuries of late, so Barcelona might have a void to fill. Denis Zakaria, Boubacar Kamara and Kessie were linked with a move to Barca, but Sport say Tanguy Ndombele is on their radar as his Tottenham future is uncertain.
The 24-year-old joined Spurs from Olympique Lyonnais for £54m in 2019 and has gone on to make 84 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals with eight assists. Ndombele has been a regular in North London but has struggled for consistency in the last two years.
Sport say Ndombele ‘isn’t comfortable’ at Tottenham, but Barcelona aren’t put off by this and could make a move for the French international when the winter transfer window opens. Barcelona are close to appointing Xavi as their new manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, but it remains to be seen if Ndombele is his first signing.
Tottenham have recently appointed Antonio Conte as their new manager after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked, so it’s likely he’ll want to cast his eye on all the players before making a decision on their respective futures. Clubs don’t often sell their expensive asset midway through the campaign either as it can derail their form and leave them with a void to fill in a short space of time.
So while Ndombele may be considering his options after an unhappy stint under Nuno, he might see Conte’s arrival as a positive. The 52-year-old has won league titles at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, so he might be the man to bring silverware back to North London.