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Barcelona contemplating January move for Tanguy Ndombele

Sean Walsh
Ndombele has had a mixed spell at Tottenham
Ndombele has had a mixed spell at Tottenham / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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Barcelona are weighing up whether to pursue long-term transfer target Tanguy Ndombele in the January window.

The Tottenham midfielder has failed to live up to the hype on a consistent basis following his club-record move from Lyon back in 2019.

Barça have been admirers of Ndombele since those days in Ligue 1, and Sport report that they could reignite their interest this winter.

They write that Antonio Conte's arrival at Spurs has accelerated talks with Milan's Franck Kessie over a move to north London on a free transfer, and that could present Ndombele to the market again.

Barcelona are on the hunt for a box-to-box midfielder and believe Ndombele fits that profile, while they also retain an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach's Denis Zakaria and Marseille's Boubacar Kamara.

Kessie was also on Barça's initial shortlist, but the club's recruitment staff deemed he was not as good at progressing the ball as their other targets.

Sport do add that Xavi - who the club hope will be appointed as Barcelona's new manager by the end of the week - will have an important say in which midfielder the club pursues in the upcoming window.

Spurs would likely to demand much of the £62m they paid for Ndombele, which would keep Barcelona's interest at arm's length until the summer.

90min understands that Ndombele was the subject of interest from Bayern Munich this summer, but Spurs knocked back their approaches due to their belief in the midfielder.

Conte also tried to sign Ndombele while manager at Inter, and will now get to link up with him in north London.

Spurs' managing director of football Fabio Paratici said on Wednesday that he and the club believe in the current playing staff, and dismissed suggestions that they are planning major squad upheaval in the new year.

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