INCREDIBLE: Barcelona through with Ndombele deal?

The 23-year-old midfielder was connected to the LaLiga giants Barcelona even when playing for Ligue 1 side at Lyon. Instead, he moved to North London to become Spurs’ £65million club-record signing last season.

However, Mundo Deportivo reported the Nou Camp giants are planning another attempt to sign the French international.

They add that Ndombele is keen to move due to his poor relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Today’s report from the Spanish publication claims Barca chiefs, who have made a new striker their No1 priority this summer, consider the star “a modern midfielder” who would be an ideal replacement for Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal.

But he is not the only option on their wishlist, with Napoli’s Fabian Ortiz also interesting Barca.

Dembele started his Spurs career with a goal on his Premier League debut but injuries and fitness issues have since affected his form, leading to criticism from his manager.

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Mourinho has publicly stated Ndombele must do more and questioned how many more chances he can get.

He was singled out by the Portuguese after he was hauled off at half-time in Spurs’ recent draw at Burnley after making zero impact.

After the introduction of Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura at the interval for Ndombele and 19-year-old Oliver Skipp, Mourinho’s men bounced back to earn a point having trailed.

The Spurs manager said: “In the first half we didn’t have a midfield. “Of course I’m not speaking of Skipp, because he’s a kid of 19 who’s played two hours in the last few days. I don’t criticise him at all.

“But I’m not going to run away and I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level.

“I know the Premier League is difficult and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.

“But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing. I was expecting more in the first half from him.”

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