Tottenham and Barcelona are mulling over the possibility of midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Arthur swapping clubs, according to reports in Spain.
Ndombele has struggled to settle in the Premier League since becoming Spurs’ record signing last summer, showing glimpses of brilliance but repeatedly falling to injuries and fitness issues.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona are keen on Ndombele, while Tottenham are fond of the Catalans’ Brazilian midfielder Arthur. He, too, has been forced to deal with injury problems this term.
Arthur was excellent against Spurs at Wembley in the Champions League group stages last season, so it’s not difficult to see why he may have caught the Londoners’ eye.
Mundo Deportivo believes Tottenham and Barcelona are considering a situation in which Ndombele and Arthur would trace places, a deal said to be made easier by the fact the players have nearly the same market value – the report cites Transfermarkt‘s prices of €52m for Ndombele and €56m for Arthur.
However, there’s a twist to the tale. French outlet le10sport is reporting that Jose Mourinho does not want Ndombele to leave. Mourinho apparently wants to make the Frenchman a key part of his midfield next season.
We’re wondering if receiving Arthur in exchange is too good a deal to turn down. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.