As per Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham duo Tanguy Ndombele and Davinson Sánchez are set to depart for Galatasaray- who will aim to register the signings prior to 11pm on Monday evening in order for them to be available to play in the Champions League group stage.
With the Turkish transfer window not set to close until September 15, It is understood that a full agreement between the two sides has been reached over a loan deal for Ndombele, and the 26-year-old midfielder is now set to fly to Istanbul later today, having already completed the first part of his medical tests. Although initially a straight year-long loan, the deal will also include an option-to-buy clause for the Turkish giants.
Ndombele joined Spurs for a club record fee of €62m in 2019, but has had a tumultuous spell at the club since and often split opinion amongst the fanbase- showing glimpses of his natural talent but facing criticism for his perceived lack of effort at times. However, the French international hasn’t been helped by the inconsistency around the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in recent years, having played under four managers and been shipped out on loan twice in just four seasons.
As for Sánchez, talks are also advancing for the Colombian international to make the move to Istanbul for just under €15m- according to Dan Kilpatrick– a fee which would see The Lilywhites make a significant loss on the €42m they purchased the defender for from Ajax in 2017.
Furthermore, this deal could be a cause for concern for Ange Postecoglou’s side, as it leaves them with just Eric Dier as an established back-up centre-back to the starting pairing of Cristian Romero and new signing Micky Van de Ven. However, it is believed that the Australian manager has sanctioned both transfers, with the experienced and versatile Ben Davies capable of covering, along with 18-year-old youth prospects Alfie Dorrington and Ashley Phillips- the latter of which signed for €2.3m from Blackburn Rovers earlier this summer.
If they were to be completed, the deals would mark the end of what has been a busy summer for the North London side, where, following the €100m sale of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich, they have spent over €200m on new arrivals, signing the likes of James Maddison and Brennan Johnson as they look to rebuild their squad under their new Australian head coach.
Although a penalty shoot-out loss to Fulham in the EFL cup may have caused disappointment, Postecoglou’s revamped Spurs side have impressed in the League, as they head into the international break sitting second in the table with ten points after four matches.
Travis Levison | Get Football