Various reports from British as well as French media outlets over the past couple of days have been suggesting that Spurs have agreed on a deal worth £65 million with Lyon for the transfer of their midfielder Tanguy Ndombele (Sky Sports).
The Evening Standard reported yesterday that the French midfielder will sign a five-year contract with Spurs and will be made one of the highest paid players at the club.
However, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has poured cold water over reports suggesting that the deal is done, and insisted that nothing is agreed.
In fact, he said that the Lilywhites have only made an offer of €45 million for the French international while he valued him at almost twice that price.
Speaking to RMC radio, Aulas said, “If I wait another 8 days, it will be €80m… Tottenham made us an opening offer worth €45m. Then, we discussed more. Nothing is done, I can assure you.
“We are not in a hurry either. Tanguy has shown his qualities with the French national team. He is one of our best players. How much is he worth? I do not know but not just €45m.”
According to GFFN, the Lyon President admitted a couple of days ago in a press conference that Tanguy Ndombele had asked to leave the club.
He had previously said that Ndombele will be allowed to leave only if the club gets in a replacement (GGFN).
It looked like Spurs might get their man after Lyon completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Juan Lucas this week but this announcement from Aulas casts massive doubts on the deal.
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This statement from Aulas certainly makes it seem like the prospect of Ndombele joining Spurs is unlikely. However, it is worth remembering that Lyon made a similar statement denying that they had an agreement in place for the transfer of Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid, only for the deal to be announced a few days later.
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