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Report: Bayern Munich offered Tolisso + €20m for Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele

And Spurs rejected the offer! What?

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According to a baffling piece of news by Sky, Bayern Munich made a serious attempt to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this transfer window. The London club were offered Corentin Tolisso plus an additional 20m euros, but appear to have rejected the deal. This news comes amid reports that Ndombele is looking to leave his current club, and prefers a move to one of the elite teams of Spain or Germany.

Normally, we’d dismiss this rumor out of hand. There are way too many parts that don’t make sense. Just to recap:

  • If Bayern HAD €20m to spend, why spend it on Ndombele when Marcel Sabitzer is available for less than that?
  • Tolisso+20m puts Ndombele at around €40m or so in value, which is a frankly obscene amount given the Frenchman’s lackluster fitness record in England. His work ethic has been called into question by numerous coaches, and now he’s been confirmed to be out of Spurs’ upcoming matchday squad vs. Wolves. That kind of investment would be a massive gamble for Bayern.
  • Ndombele allegedly earns around 200k pounds a week at Tottenham — there’s no way Bayern could match that salary.

However, there’s been too much noise around the rumor for it to be totally made up. Ndombele was tenuously linked to Bayern back in his Lyon days, and even Fabrizio Romano mentioned on one of his Twitch streams that there was something about Bayern and Ndombele brewing in the coming weeks. Sky at least confirms that initial talks were held, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

So, can this transfer happen? Probably not, and the reason is spelled out below:

Yeah, good luck with that, Spurs.

Anyway, I guess it’s time for Brazzo and the bosses to look elsewhere for midfielders, maybe a club in East Germany who happen to have a talented Austrian. Less than two weeks remain in the transfer window — will the Bavarians get any more transfers done?