Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is set to haggle over the prices of both Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso this summer, per the Daily Mirror.
Both players are targets as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to refresh a squad that reached the Champions League final and finished fourth in the Premier League in 2018/19.
However, both players have significant asking prices attached to them.
The Mirror report that Lyon are keen to receive £71m for Ndombele this summer, while Lo Celso’s contract includes an £88.9m release clause.
Levy does not want to pay full price for the Frenchman, while his opening bid of £53m for Lo Celso was knocked back.
Nevertheless, the Mirror claim that Spurs remain confident of reaching an agreement for Ndombele, while the Argentine is deemed their priority.
Should Levy simply get his chequebook out and stop negotiating over figures, though, as Spurs look to secure their first signing in over a year?
Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!
“Spurs would be absolutely crazy to pay full whack for Lo Celso but Ndombele is certainly someone they must go all out for. The latter is a fabulous player and could be absolutely game-changing for the club if they’re to challenge for major honours next season. £71m is an almighty price for him but if that’s the price Lyon are willing to accept then they should be all over it.”
“Tottenham need to spend money this summer, but paying full price for Ndombele and Lo Celso would be madness. Both players are clearly good ones with potential for the future, but splashing out nearly £160m on them would be going overboard, to say the least. Spurs need to be sensible in the summer transfer market rather than desperate, and sealing these deals would leave question marks over the usually shrewd Daniel Levy.”
“Normally, I’d say absolutely not – that is a hell of a lot of money to spend on just two players. However, the positions that Lo Celso and Ndombele play are perhaps the two areas that Spurs need the most investment in given Mousa Dembele’s departure and Victor Wanyama’s injury issues. These are two players that could fill the midfield for the next decade and will only retain their value or even see it increase – getting these two over the line should be Spurs’ priority this summer.”