Report: Lyon already in talks with Tottenham over Tanguy Ndombele
Lyon are looking to open talks with Tottenham Hotspur regarding a possible extension to the loan deal for Tanguy Ndombele, with Jeunes Footeux reporting that they are unlikely to be able to sign the Frenchman permanently this summer.
Ndombele has made a promising start to life back in Ligue 1. He has started four times in the top-flight for his former club. And there have been flashes of his brilliance.
Les Gones have the option to sign Ndombele permanently from Tottenham for a fee of £54.5 million. However, it has previously been hinted that qualifying for the Champions League is a must if they are going to be able to trigger that clause.
Unfortunately, Lyon are well back in the race for the top three. With 10 games to go, they sit eighth and eight points adrift of Nice.
But, while the chances of a permanent move appear to be becoming slimmer, it would seem that Lyon would like to have the chance to keep Ndombele next year on loan.
Jeunes Footeux reports that Lyon want to speak with Tottenham about extending his deal into next season.
Letting Ndombele stay at Lyon is probably better than nothing for Tottenham
Whether Antonio Conte stays at Tottenham or not, it is hard to see Ndombele playing for them again. He has now struggled under several different managers. And he has never kicked on when he has shown ‘magnificent‘ glimpses.
Ideally, he will attract a permanent offer from elsewhere. It is doing Tottenham few favours still having the 25-year-old on the books.
If no-one is prepared to sign him permanently, another loan with Lyon is not the end of the world. He can continue to build his stock back up. And he can perhaps set his sights on helping the club secure the Champions League spot that may pave the way to an eventual permanent deal.
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