Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has rejected the signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s want-away midfielder.
Reports have claimed that Barcelona have been interested in Tottenham midfielder, Tanguy Ndombele, for a long time and with him having issues with coach Jose Mourinho, it could be the perfect time to approach the 23-year-old but Lionel Messi disagrees.
The French international is no longer happy playing under Mourinho and has shown desire to leave the Premier League side this transfer window. While Barca remains an option, their transfer budget will not allow the move unless the Portuguese manager is interested in a player exchange.
The report suggests that the Catalan’s struggling midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, could be the man to be traded for the Spur’s star along with teammate, Ryan Sessegnon. The negotiations have reached an advanced stage but Barca maestro Messi has insisted the club not to make this signing as according to him, Ndombele does not fit the Barca style.
The former Lyon star, while a quality midfielder, does not necessarily play the way the Spanish side needs him to and with many young midfielders like Riqui Puig, Álex Collado, Monchu, Pedri and Matheus Fernandes, awaiting their spot in the starting lineup, Barca truly does not need to spend the reported 60 million euros to sign the Tottenham player.
The Premier League side have rejected the option to reduce their asking price and the only way Barca could sign him is trading one of their own. Meanwhile, Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is also interested in securing the Frenchman.
Having already secured Christian Eriksen from Spurs last season, Conte could potentially continue to sign players from the English side but it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane decides to join the race after previously being interested in the 23-year-old.
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