Inter Milan have told Tottenham they are keen to sign Tanguy Ndombele, but Express Sport understands the north London club will need to lower their valuation by £ 55million in order to secure a deal.
Antonio Conte, who remains at Milan after talks after his final Europa League loss to Sevilla, has made strengthening his midfielder a priority after complaining about his team’s depth.
Inter have made no secret of their interest in Ndombele but believe Spurs’ demands are too high in the wake of the coronavirus crisis that has hit football’s finances.
And Mourinho and Levy will have to reduce their demands for Conte to intervene.
Selling Ndombele would allow them to do more business with Portuguese coach Mourinho who is currently working on a shoe budget.
Speaking in July, Mourinho had backed Ndombele to recover from his rocky start to life in north London, much like former Spurs ace Luka Modric at Real Madrid – although he is now ready to cut ties with the player.
“After six months he was voted the worst signing in Real Madrid history by fans and the press,” Mourinho said of the Croatian when asked about Ndombele.
“A few months later, he was champion, a few months after this European champion and a few years later, he was voted best player in the world.
“When the talent is there, a lot can happen with adaptation. If the talent is there, anything can happen.
“Nothing happens when the player has no talent. When the player has no talent, nothing happens. You were born without potential, you die without potential. But when you have talent, a lot can change and a lot can happen.
“You go to United, you go to City, you go to Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich – there are a lot of top players on the bench. It’s normal.
“At Tottenham, what I feel is that every time a top player is on the bench it’s a tragedy.
“The players have to understand that this is not a drama and everyone has to understand that I hope next season we will have even more top players on the bench. ”
Tottenham are set to strike a £ 15million deal for Wolves’ Matt Doherty, who will undergo an imminent medical examination after a tariff has been agreed between the two clubs.
Mourinho’s side paid Southampton the same amount in exchange for midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and caught Joe Hart as goalkeeper on a free play.
They were also offered Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid with the La Liga club ready to sell him cheaply as his contract expires in 2021.
Former Spurs forward Darren Bent told talkSPORT about signing Costa: “If he’s happy enough to play Harry Kane, because that’s what he’s going to do, then yeah, catch- the because it is superb.
“Diego Costa, if he wants to leave Atletico Madrid, you have to think that other teams are for him.
“Harry Kane is superb as a single player when you have [Heung-min] Son on one side and Lucas Moura on the other because he likes to pick up certain areas.
“When you’re playing in a game you can drop deep if you want to, you can run behind, you can pretty much choose where you want to run, so it doesn’t really affect you.
“But with a two it gets difficult because if it goes in short you have to run behind and all of a sudden you have to work together.
“To suddenly throw that on Harry Kane… I don’t even know if Diego Costa is playing well in a two.”
“So for me if he goes to Spurs, yes fantastic replacement striker, but he will never dislodge Harry Kane. “