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Tottenham Hotspur are confident of announcing the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon next week, per Football Insider.
The France international has been linked with a move to Spurs throughout the summer transfer window.
And the aforementioned report claims that the north London club have “made a breakthrough” in talks with the Ligue 1 side as they look to seal a £60m deal.
The overall deal, Football Insider claim, will be worth £55m plus £5m in add-ons despite Lyon’s desire to receive a fee of nearer £70m.
Ndombele, of course, would then become Spurs’ record signing, eclipsing the £42m paid for Davinson Sanchez in 2017.
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This is a huge deal for Spurs and it appears that chairman Daniel Levy has played a blinder.
Ndombele has been linked with a number of other clubs this summer including Manchester United and PSG – Football Insider claim that he only wants to move to north London, however, despite mooted interest from Juventus – and yet Levy is snapping him up for a relatively low fee in the current climate.
Compare this deal, for example, to Manchester United’s reported pursuit of John McGinn, a player who was featuring for Aston Villa in the Championship last season: the newly-promoted club are said to want £50m, just £10m less than the overall cost of the Ndombele deal.
Likewise, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has just cost United an initial £45m – he’s a right-back who has never played senior international football or featured in European competitions.
It is clear that this would be a statement signing that would send a serious message from Spurs. That they’re doing it for such a fair price, too, is incredible. Even once the full £60m is paid, Tottenham will still have a lesser club-record fee than Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and Man City.