Tanguy Ndombele looks set to stay at Tottenham after the club failed to find him a suitable move, according to The Athletic.
Ndombele is yet to feature for Spurs this season, leading to talk of an exit after just two years at the club.
However, with the transfer window set to close on Tuesday evening it now looks like there will not be enough time for the Frenchman to secure a departure.
The Athletic’s report claims Ndombele wanted to join Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich this summer.
But despite attempting to shift him to one of those European giants, Tottenham apparently could not quite agree a loan or swap deal that suited all parties.
And so it looks like Ndombele will have to stay put until January at least, which could mean the club’s record signing will be re-introduced into the first-team picture.
Spurs could certainly do with that being the case – despite three wins from three in the Premier League, the midfield has lacked guile at times.