According to Calciomercato, AS Roma are prepared to step up their efforts to sign Tanguy Ndombele. The Serie A giants are in the market for a new midfielder in the January transfer window, with the Tottenham Hotspur star emerging as one of many potential targets for Jose Mourinho.
Although reported Manchester United target Boubakary Kamara remains the priority for Roma, the club’s sporting director Tiago Pinto is currently working on a deal to sing Ndombele. The Giallorossi are not too keen on meeting Tottenham’s €30 million valuation, but they are seeking the possibility of a loan deal, potentially with a buyout clause embedded in the contract.
It is apparent that Ndombele has no future at his current club Tottenham. He has been deemed surplus to the requirements by new coach Antonio Conte, with the midfielder making just six starts in the league this term. He has fallen behind Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and even Harry Winks in the pecking order, thus leading to speculations over his long-term future at the club.
That is where AS Roma comes into the fray, as the Frenchman apparently shares a good relationship with Jose Mourinho. The duo worked together during their time at Tottenham, with the midfielder featuring in 40 competitive matches under the leadership of the Portuguese tactician.
Ndombele enjoyed some of his brightest spells at Spurs under the spell of Mourinho. And it appears the AS Roma manager is open to a potential reunion at Roma, who are in the market for a new midfielder that can work alongside the likes of Jordan Veretout and Bryan Cristante during the second half of the campaign.
Ndombele’s potential departure from North London could serve as a major boost for Tottenham, with Conte keen on filtering out the squad in January. The Italian mastermind has already shown the desire to offload Dele Alli, who is a target for Newcastle United, while Steven Bergwijn has been subjected to a potential return to the Eredivisie.
Their potential exits should pave the way for Tottenham to target newer players in January. Adama Traore, for one, has emerged as a top target recently, especially with Wolves ready to offload the exploding forward for a fee of just £20 million in January.