Reports from France claim that Tottenham’s proposed signing of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is at risk of breaking down.
Spurs are said to be concerned by the fact that Nkoudou has not been training while the deal has been negotiated. Marseille claim that this is merely a precaution to guard against an injury that could scupper the deal, but their insistence on signing Clinton Njie before letting Nkoudou go, has meant that the winger has missed a large period of crucial pre-season preparation.
Given the emphasis placed on fitness by Mauricio Pochettino, this could have repercussions on Nkoudou’s chances of being able to settle down quickly at the club. Though Njie’s visa has been approved for his move to Marseille, he has yet to receive it, which has held up the Nkoudou deal.
It’s claimed that Daniel Levy has used this waiting period to try and negotiate more favourable terms for Tottenham, including a clause to lower the price if Nkoudou succumbs to injury. This is said to have soured relations between the two clubs.
In recent days Spurs have been linked with a move for the Portuguese international Rafa Silva, who like Nkoudou plays on the left of the attacking midfield trident. This interest is surely not unrelated to the uncertainty that now surrounds Nkoudou’s future. The question is whether Rafa is being lined up as a genuine alternative, or as a mere bargaining ploy to hurry Marseille up.