Tottenham should consider selling Tanguy Ndombele if it means getting Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti, says former Spurs striker Darren Bent.
Ndombele has struggled to adapt to English football since his club-record £53.8million move from Lyon, with the midfielder suffering multiple injuries during his first season at club. He has also come under heavy criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham had hoped the France international would be the long-term successor to Mousa Dembele who joined Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F in January 2019.
But Ndombele is already being linked with a move away from Tottenham, with LaLiga giants Barcelona said to be interested.
And former Tottenham striker Bent believes a deal could be in the club’s interests – particularly if a deal involving Semedo and Umtiti can be constructed.
“To be fair, that swap deal would cover up a lot of cracks and I think it would help,” he told Football Insider.
“Centre-half, they’ve been a little bit week this season and at full-back as well, they’ve been a little bit suspect. Tanganga’s done very, very well but he’s still quite young.
“Semedo a couple of years ago was absolutely brilliant for Benfica, absolutely brilliant. Went to Barcelona, struggled a little bit but that covers it.
“Umtiti as well, a World Cup winner of course! If you’re getting Umtiti and Semedo, you ain’t having to buy these players and that’s two positions kind of sewn up.”