Sky Sports are out now with the latest updates on Tanguy Ndombele’s transfer to Tottenham. It is being reported that Olympic Lyon and Tottenham Hotspur are engaged in transfer negotiations but the French side refuse to budge on their demand for the midfielder.
Given the reputation of both Daniel Levy in England and Jean-Michel Aulas as hard negotiators and shrewd businessmen, the current impasse is certainly not surprising.
Tanguy Ndombele’s transfer to Spurs will be a goldmine for Lyon
Lyon first got their hands on the France international in 2017, when the club loaned Ndombele from SC Amiens. The following summer in 2018, they purchased him outright for £7 million. Talk about buying a lottery ticket because only a season later Ndombele can command a fee of £63 million for his club.
Deployed mostly as a central midfielder due to his dangerous dribbling and immaculate passing, Ndombele can also play as a defensive midfielder, providing cover for those behind him. Spurs will find him useful because the others like Dier and Wanyama have not been able to provide the midfield prowess Pochettino needs to win the league or any trophy.
Ndombele has already talked up Tottenham
Tottenham are a big club. This is not just our assumption based on the team’s run to the Champions League final. It’s what players like Ndombele perceive when looking at Spurs. Being in top four in the league and in the UCL final ensures such an image. Speaking a few days ago, this is what the lad had to say:
It is noteworthy that the other clubs interested in Ndombele’s signing are European powerhouses PSG, Man United and Juventus. If Ndombele to Spurs happens to come true, it will not be just because Spurs paid what Lyon demand, rather because the admiration was mutual.
However, as the Sky report tells us, the clubs need to agree on the £63 million fee or come to an agreement at some other price point for all this to materialize.