Tottenham transfer exits: Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and other players who could leave


When it comes to transfers this summer, Tottenham Hotspur have generally adopted a policy of buy first, sell later. With six signatures already obtained, they have completed the majority of the first piece of this equation.

This means that the focus is now on the second part, which will reduce the wage bill. It will also ensure that the team is not bloated and rid it of disgruntled players once the season begins.


This turns out to be a complicated task. The lack of funds available to clubs in most leagues outside of England in a post-COVID world makes selling to countries like Spain and Italy much more difficult than before. The wages of many Spurs players are also problematic, and that’s before transfer fees are even discussed.

With the season starting early and five rounds of Premier League fixtures before the window closes, some players also feel their circumstances have plenty of room to change and don’t want to rush.

Despite this, there is progress to be made. here Athleticism deciphers the situations of the players that Tottenham hopes to change before the end of August…

First of all, it must be said that there are players that Spurs are ready to leave, and others that they would agree to leave due to a need to reduce the size of the squad.

In the first camp are the quartet of forgotten players from the South Korean tour: Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon.

Starting with Lo Celso, Villarreal – where the midfielder impressed while on loan during the second half of last season – and Fiorentina are among the clubs in the running for his signature. Spurs are asking for around €20m (£16.8m), less than half of what they paid for him and partly reflects how much the market has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

Which leads to perhaps the most pre-pandemic signing of them all: Ndombele for £55million on big wages and a six-year contract. Ndombele has three years left on that contract and finding a buyer has proven impossible in the previous two summer windows since joining the club. This will likely be the case again within the next month, which means another loan is the most likely option. Milan have eyed the midfielder but have been put off by his salary, while Marseille are among the clubs interested – although nothing particularly advanced at this stage.

The Winks situation is at a similar stage, with no deal imminent. Everton have backtracked and although there has been tentative interest from Leeds United, that is unlikely to go any further. With over a month of the window remaining, many buying clubs are still evaluating their options.

There is also the problem for a number of clubs that they cannot make any signings until they know the future of players who may move on. This is the case of Sevilla, interested in bringing Reguilon back on loan with an obligation to buy. Reguilon talks are still ongoing, but before they can sign Sevilla must complete the sale of centre-back Jules Kounde, who is expected to join Barcelona.

Far from this quartet are the players Conte likes but agrees to leave if Tottenham receive a suitable offer.

Japhet Tanganga falls into this category and is attracting interest from Milan. The two clubs are in talks, with Tottenham chief football officer Fabio Paratici in Milan last week, but for now Tanganga is more of an opportunity than a priority for the Italian club. And they would prefer a loan with an option to buy (at a price lower than the 20 million euros – £16.8m – that Spurs are seeking). The extent to which Milan push for Tanganga may hinge on their ability to bring in Evan Ndicka from Eintracht Frankfurt, who has emerged as a key target.

Japhet Tanganga is attracting interest from Milan and Bournemouth (Photo: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Bournemouth, as Athleticism previously reported, also retain an interest in Tanganga and have inquired about the defender.

Spurs are also open to selling fellow defender Joe Rodon, although, like Tanganga, Conte is a fan of the player’s attitude and application. Fulham are among the clubs interested, with a loan option given that the player’s contract does not expire until 2025. Should he leave permanently, Spurs would want to recoup the £11m they paid to Swansea two years ago.

Bryan Gil would also be allowed to leave on loan. He spent the second half of last season with Valencia, who are keen to get him back if they can sell Goncalo Guedes.

Then there’s the unresolved situation at right-back. With the arrival of Djed Spence, that of Emerson Royal or Matt Doherty must be sold. The former makes more sense given that at 23 he is seven years younger than Doherty and would attract a much higher fee but, like the Irishman, he is keen to stay and fight for his place. Doherty also has the advantage of being comfortable playing on the left.

As things stand, no players are set to leave and it may take those early games of the season for clarity to emerge on who is most likely to compete with Spence (and can -to be Lucas Moura) for the right-back. insert.

Either way, Spurs have their work cut out to make sure the second part of the buy-first-sell-later policy goes as smoothly as the first.

(Additional contributors: Jack Pitt-Brooke, James Horncastle)

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