Tottenham could agree £53m deal with Lyon for 21-year-old

According to L’Equipe, Tottenham Hotspur could agree a £53m deal with Olympique Lyonnais for Tanguy NDombele. The French midfielder, who has represented his country at u21 level, is the subject of a £35m bid from Spurs, but Lyon are requesting nearly £20m more for his signature.

NDombele joined Lyon on loan from SC Amiens last summer and secured an option to sign him on a permanent deal. The 21-year-old impressed at the Stade de Lyon last season, making six assists in 32 Ligue 1 appearances, while racking up a tackle or interception every 24 minutes.

He’d serve as a potential replacement for Mousa Dembele whose Tottenham future is uncertain this summer as the player and club are yet to reach an agreement over a new contract. NDombele may well be his successor at the new White Hart Lane, although he won’t come cheap.

Tottenham’s opening bid of £35m has been rebuffed, with £53m reportedly the asking price. The Frenchman is a defensive midfielder who excels at turning over possession, while also being able to drive with the ball from deep and having the creativity to make chances for his teammates. He’s also only 21 and can still develop in the coming years.

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