Tottenham Hotspur have offered Tanguy Ndombele as part of a deal to bring Houssem Aouar to north London this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by ESPN journalist James Olley, who revealed in a post on Twitter that Fabio Paratici has offered Lyon the chance to re-sign their former midfielder as part of a swap deal for the France under-21 international, who has been heavily linked with a move to both Spurs and Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
In Olley’s report for ESPN, he claimed that Lyon would be willing to part with the 23-year-old for a fee in the region of €25m (£21.5m) this summer, adding that while the Ligue 1 side are yet to respond to Tottenham’s latest offer, talks are ongoing between the two clubs.
While it is hard to deny that Aouar would be a fantastic signing for Spurs this summer given his consistently high performance figures, there are a number of reasons as to why Tottenham fans might be furious with a potential swap deal regarding Ndombele and the Lyon maestro.
Firstly, with the 24-year-old having joined Tottenham for a club-record €60m (£53.8m) just two years ago, as well as currently being valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, swapping him for a player who is reported to be available for just €25m (£21.5m) this summer would seem to be very poor financial business for Daniel Levy and his club.
Secondly, while it is true that the £200,000-per-week Ndombele struggled for form in his first season in north London, the midfielder began to show signs of his true ability over his 33 Premier League appearances last term, scoring three goals, registering two assists and creating five big chances for his teammates.
Finally, with Ndombele having become something of a fan favourite at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – something demonstrated by the considerable outrage when Jose Mourinho left the midfielder out of his squad to face Arsenal last season – allowing the player to leave at all, let alone in a swap deal for someone who is available for a lot less than the Spurs man’s value, is not likely to go down well with the Tottenham faithful.
As such, while the addition of Aouar would indeed be something of a coup for Spurs, it should certainly not come at the expense of Ndombele.