Infamous Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has thrown a spanner in the works of Tottenham’s move for Tanguy Ndombele, as reported by The Telegraph.
Just a few days ago, Sky Sports claimed Tottenham have agreed a £65m to land Ndombele.
Now though, The Telegraph report that Aulas is frustrated by the lengthy negotiations, even saying he will raise the price if the deal is not completed soon.
He said: “If I wait another 8 days, it will be €80m…Tottenham made us an opening offer worth €45m. Then, we discussed more. Nothing is done, I can assure you. We are not in a hurry either.”
This is not the first time Aulas has proved difficult to get along with – just ask Liverpool. Last summer, the Reds looked to have a deal wrapped up for Nabil Fekir, only for Aulas to announce that the deal had collapsed.
Back in 2012, when Spurs signed Hugo Lloris for a fee of around £11m, Aulas fumed at Daniel Levy’s negotiating tactics, saying: “We had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we’ve agreed in writing. Agreements have not at all been respected.
“It’s been very, very difficult. I’ve got 25 years of experience as a president of a club and it’s our 16th participation in a European competition in a row. But this is very rare in the football world. The negotiation with the Tottenham directors has been the hardest I have ever had to undergo in these 25 years.”
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Now, this is no reason for Tottenham fans to panic, as the enigmatic president is clearly keen to make a big profit on Ndombele, but it should serve as warning to Levy and the club to act fast, with the Lyon man keen to revive his rivalry with the Lilywhites chairman after the Loris debacle.
The last thing Spurs need is for Aulas to throw his toys out of the pram again, or they may well end up empty-handed, just as their Champions League final opponents did during their pursuit of Fekir.