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Mourinho to raid ex-club Spurs for Ndombele

Last Updated on by James King

AS Roma could back boss Jose Mourinho in the January transfer market, with the Portuguese manager believed to want central midfielder Tanguy Ndombele who he managed while in charge of Tottenham.

The Italian club has had a mixed season, though sit primed to pounce for a Champions League place in Serie A and January additions could help them to launch an assault, while, they could also be one to watch in the Europa Conference League.

A move for Ndombele would give the Frenchman a chance to revive his career that appears to have waned while at Spurs, with the jury still out.

Mourinho to raid ex-club Spurs for Ndombele


Ndombele to provide more balance for Mourinho?

The Portuguese manager has a talented squad at his disposal, though adding more quality would give him more depth, especially in the centre of the park, with the talented duo of Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo two of the best string-pullers in Italy.

Adding someone with the energy of the Spurs player would provide more steel in combative situations for Mourinho’s side; an essential necessity in a league like the Serie A, though he would likely be competing with Amadou Diawara for a place in the side.

What appears to be the most likely situation, is that Ndombele makes a loan move to the Italian capital, with reports of a £30 million buy option in the summer to be written into the deal.


Not in Antonio Conte’s plans

New Spurs boss Conte, is likely to want to start rebuilding his ideal squad in January and it appears that Ndombele does not fit the profile of the type of player that the Italian is looking for.

He has had disciplinary issues since arriving at Spurs in 2019 – even enduring a difficult time under Mourinho – making the reported interest from Roma in him a bit of a surprise.

Conte appears to prefer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg plus one other in the middle of the park, with Ndombele seemingly exiled. While Spurs paid over £60 million for him, even recouping half of that in the summer could well be a good deal for them.