Tottenham open talks with Inter over Tanguy Ndombele sale for reduced fee

Tottenham are in talks with Internazionale over a potential deal to sell Tanguy Ndombele for a reduced fee less than 13 months after he became the club’s record signing for £55m.

The France midfielder has endured a difficult first season in the Premier League since joining from Lyon in July 2019 and signing a six-year deal with Spurs, having started just 12 Premier League games. But despite José Mourinho stating he was confident the 23-year-old “can turn it around” at the start of July, Inter have entered negotiations with Tottenham that could see Ndombele join Antonio Conte’s side if an agreement can be reached.

Spurs have indicated that they would accept €50m (£45m) for Ndombele – a figure that would represent a significant loss on the fee they paid last summer – although Inter are not believed to be willing to go that high. There is also a possibility of a swap deal potentially involving Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar, who Mourinho views as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen after the Belgium defender left Spurs at the end of his contract.

It is also understood that Tottenham are monitoring the situation of Ivan Perisic, who has also been linked with a switch to Bayern Munich. They remain favourites but Mourinho is a big admirer of the Croatian having previously attempted to sign him at Manchester United.

Spurs are still in talks over a move for Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg but have been told Roma have no intention of selling Nicolò Zaniolo.