Tottenham Hotspur: Club close to signing Tanguy Ndombele replacement

Tottenham Hotspur needs a minor rebuild this summer under Jose Mourinho.

After securing Europa League ahead of next season, Jose Mourinho has painted a clear picture of how his squad should look before the 2020/21 campaign kicks off. The Portuguese manager expects a few transfer business happening this summer to impart his vision on Spurs’ players.

Thanks to their arch-rivals Arsenal, the Lilywhites begin the season ahead of their Premier League peers as they find themselves playing Europa League’s second-qualifying round on September 17, as Gunners’ FA Cup victory provided a direct entry into the secondary European competition.

With uncertain timescales for the new season, Jose Mourinho would be eager to finalise his group of players at the earliest despite the transfer market stretching till October. And by the looks of it, Tottenham, already, look active in the window.

Record signing Tanguy Ndombele, just a season old in the Premier League, is poised for a move away from England with Inter Milan knocking at Spurs’ door for the midfielder’s services. Antonio Conte is eager to bolster his engine room in a bid to topple Juventus from the Serie A summit.

Notwithstanding how bizarre the speculation might be, Ndombele might be keen on a change of scenery after a severe fallout with reigning manager Jose Mourinho. An unhealthy divorce could suit all the parties in the long-term, with Spurs certain to recoup a significant sum they paid last summer to Lyon.

Jose Mourinho is eager to inject energy and purpose into his midfield – the characteristics quintessential to a squad associated with “the Special One”- with Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg identified as a perfect suitor. Previously, the 24-year-old was stripped of his captaincy duties when he rejected Saints’ contract extension offer.

Hojbjerg has had his eyes set on a move to the London club, having attracted interest from Ajax and Everton, with Southampton even accepting the latter’s £25m bid. The Denmark international’s insistence on a Spurs move resulted in the South Coast club letting go of their former captain’ whose contract runs out next summer, for £15m, as per The Telegraph.

Jose Mourinho is on the brink of making Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg his first summer signing at Tottenham in a £15million deal from Southampton after progress in talks between the clubs this week.

Hojbjerg, 24, has one year left on his contract at St Mary’s and made it clear he wanted to move to a club playing European football, which Mourinho managed by going unbeaten in the final six games of the Premier League season. (The Telegraph)

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Kyle Walker-Peters, who has been on loan at Southampton from Tottenham since January, will secure a permanent move to St. Mary’s. However, the transfer is not a swap deal with Hojbjerg, but a separate deal worth £12million.

Serge Aurier could be another departure from Spurs this summer with AC Milan in talks with Daniel Levy over a potential transfer. This would generate some much-needed funds for Mourinho to inject some freshness in the squad.

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