Tottenham Hotspur are on the hunt for new players this summer and one who has seemingly fit the bill is Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele. According to L’Equipe, the 21-year-old star is wanted in a €40 million (£35 million) deal this summer. The young midfield general spent the season on loan at Lyon from Amiens. They have a £7 million option to sign him permanently and will then consider moving him on at great profit.
It would be a great addition for Spurs but in order to bring him in they will need to get by Lyon’s hardball president Jean-Michel Aulas.
He and Daniel Levy have previous.
Back in 2012 Tottenham were leading the chase to sign Hugo Lloris. His contract at Lyon had just 12 months to run and Spurs were looking to capitalise by bringing him in on the cheap.
It was a long and protracted negotiation which saw the two clubs fall out. Aulas was furious with Levy and, as quoted by The Independent, stated the negotiations were the hardest he had faced in his 25 years in football.
There has been a thaw in those relations since. Spurs signed Clinton Njie in 2015 and Aulas thanked Levy for being consistent in his approach for the player, as reported by the IB Times.
But even then there was a tinge of irony based on their previous interaction.
There is already talk that Lyon want a figure closer to €60 million (£52.5 million) for the midfield dynamo, suggesting Levy and Aulas might have to go hammer and tong once again.
When these two tough negotiators get together, it is rarely straightforward. So prepare for Tottenham to spend all summer being linked with the 21-year-old powerhouse.