Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with the potential signature of Tanguy Ndombele in recent months. The French midfielder has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Mousa Dembele, who is expected to leave the club in 2019.
Recently it was reported by The Mirror, that Tottenham would be willing to spend £55 million to sign the player. Such a fee would be a club record for Tottenham. But considering the form of the impressive central midfielder, it is an investment fans of the North London club would love to see.
Now the president of Lyon has admitted the club could struggle to keep hold of the player this summer.
Jean-Michel Aulas, a famously tough negotiator, has told Radio Scoop in France that keeping such talented players is tough whilst trying to responsibly run his beloved club financially.
Tottenham have therefore been given the green light to test the Ligue 1 side next summer, with a sale in January looking unlikely.
“We did not decide to sell (Alexandre) Lacazette (to Arsenal) or (Corentin) Tolisso (to Bayern Munich) and in the same way, I can not guarantee that we can keep Ndombele or (Houssem) Aouar next summer.”
The only problem it seems will be on Tottenham’s side. £55 million is a vast sum for Spurs to pay and if Ndombele keeps up his current form, Aulas might be asking Daniel Levy for more in the summer.
But if Levy does decide to get the chequebook out, then Tottenham look to have a great chance of signing the perfect Dembele replacement.