The French international is one of Ligue’s 1’s top prospects and has been attracting interest throughout Europe this season after a string of quality performances for Lyon.
Newcastle were initially thought to be in the driving seat for the 19-year-old having raided the French league numerous times over the past two seasons.
Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye were both raided from France’s top division, and both midfielders have already proved to be top acquisitions.
They also enjoyed a shopping spree on the continent in January after a slow start to the season. Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mathieu Debuchy all signing contracts at the club, giving Pardew the strength in depth that he needed.
It was even reported that club scout Graham Carr was among the crowd that watched the French U20’s win over Denmark in France late last week.
However they’re now said to be joined by fellow Premier League side Tottenham and Italian giants AC Milan, With Tuttosport even claiming that the Italians could be preparing a £7million offer to clinch his signature this coming summer.
If this is the case then Newcastle could be set to miss out, as it is likely that Samuel Umtiti will struggle to turn down the lure of Champions League football. Something that both Tottenham and AC Milan look set to be able to offer potential signings next summer.
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