Tottenham Hotspur are seemingly looking at signing Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer. L’Equipe has recently reported that Spurs have made a bid to sign the £87 million-valued player, with Juventus and PSG also keen.
Now, Le10 Sport are reporting that Tottenham are in pole position when it comes to securing his transfer.
It would be a fantastic deal for Tottenham. But, as always, it relies on Daniel Levy. Now when it comes to negotiating with Lyon, Levy has previous.
The Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is no pushover. In the past, the pair have had something of a fractious relationship.
Tottenham signed Hugo Lloris from Lyon back in 2012. The Frenchman was a big target as Spurs looked to replace the aging Brad Friedel in goal.
As reported by The Guardian, it was not an easy deal, and Aulas had some stinging criticism of Levy.
“We have had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we’ve agreed in writing. The things as they were at 5am were not the same at 10am.
“I would put it at 50-50 that Hugo goes to Tottenham. Agreements have not at all been respected. We’ve done what we can. The negotiation with the Tottenham directors has been the hardest I have ever had to undergo in 25 years.”
That deal eventually got done but the relationship between the clubs looked sour.
But Tottenham fans thinking that kills any Ndombele hopes can rest easy. It appears that Aulas and Levy have had a far better recent relationship. In fact, the Lyon president was full of praise, as reported by RMC Sport, thanking Levy for his ‘consistent’ negotiations. When Lyon tried to loan Njie back a year later, Aulas referred to the Tottenham chairman as his ‘friend’, as reported by ESPN.
So it now appears that Aulas and Levy have recovered a relationship after the rigmarole that was the prolonged Lloris transfer.
Hopefully, it remains that way, and Tottenham secure Ndombele’s arrival this summer.