Date: 2nd August 2020 at 6:00am
Written by: Robbie Saunders

Many Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been offering mixed takes on social media following reports by Gianluca Di Marzio, claiming Inter Milan could offer Milan Skriniar in a swap deal for Tanguy Ndombele.

Inter have held a long-standing interest in Ndombele and sounded out the potential of a transfer during the midfielder’s time at Olympique Lyonnais, whom Spurs signed him from for a club-record £54million last summer.

Ndombele’s debut year in England has not gone to plan, however, with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho slamming the Frenchman for the time it has taken the 23-year-old to adapt to life in the Premier League.

The Longjumeau-born midfielder started just 12 top-flight fixtures during his first season in north London, while making a further nine outings off the bench and providing two goals and two assists – Ndombele’s two goals came during the first seven games of the term.

Inter are believed to now be working on a deal to take Ndombele to Italy and have entered into negotiations with Spurs, in which Skriniar’s name has been mentioned for a possible exchange deal.

Recent reports have also suggested Ndombele has decided he wishes to leave Tottenham in the summer transfer window and that the midfielder is keen to complete a move to Inter.

Tottenham would have a few hurdles to overcome if they are to sign Skriniar, as it is noted that the north London side are having a hard time meeting the £43.2m-rated centre-half’s wage demands.

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy is also questioning whether there are benefits to selling Ndombele already having invested so much in the Frenchman to now admit the move was a mistake.

Plenty of Tottenham fans on social media hope Levy decides that it would be in the club’s best interest to keep Ndombele, no matter how good of a centre-back Skriniar is.

Other Spurs supporters would argue the exact opposite and believe the chance to sign Skriniar and offload Ndombele is one Levy simply must take.

There are a few who believe Skriniar is only the starting point of negotiations, however, as Mourinho needs more than a new centre-back if he is to take Spurs to the next level.

 
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