Tottenham are on the hunt for a central midfielder this summer after failing to replace Moussa Dembele in January, but they’re not making much progress with Tanguy Ndombele.
Spurs have Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko to choose from in midfield, but Mauricio Pochettino wants another player to bolster his options in the engine room.
Ndombele has been on the manager’s radar after impressing in Ligue 1, but Olympique Lyonnais are requesting an astronomical amount for the 22-year-old’s signature. According to Le10 Sport, Tottenham have had a bid rejected for Ndombele, with Lyon asking for £71m.
Spurs are unlikely to match the lofty valuation, but they may be able to drive down the price by waiting a number of weeks. The report states that Lyon are in a hurry to sell the midfielder before July, otherwise they’ll have to lower their demands.
Ndombele joined the French giants permanently from SC Amiens last summer and has gone on to make 49 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 11 goals. The French international amassed 2692 minutes of Ligue 1 football, creating 47 chances and making 64 successful dribbles (73%).
He’s averaged 58 passes-per-game with 89% accuracy, won 19 aerial duels (56%), blocked 32 shots/passes/crosses and averaged a tackle (66) or interception (30) every 28 minutes.