Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in contact with Lyon over the signing of midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, but are some way off meeting the French club’s valuation of the player – should Spurs up their bid?
The Gaurdian write that Lyon want €75m for Ndombele, but Spurs are looking to pay closer to €50m for his services.
The 22-year-old is a defensive midfielder who likes to get from box to box, using his raw pace and power to shrug off challenges when going forwards and dispossess opponents when defending.
He is also known to be comfortable with the ball at his feet, picking out his team-mates with short or long-range passes in order to launch counter attacks.
His bustling style of play could be compared to former Spurs midfielder Moussa Dembele, a player who was surprisingly skilful given his build, and the former Amiens man has often been compared to N’Golo Kante in their native France.
Spurs have perhaps lacked a regular goal scorer from midfield apart from Christian Eriksen over recent years but Ndombele is unlikely to help in that area having scored just two league goals in the past four seasons.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino currently has plenty of central midfield options, and the France international would challenge Eric Dier for the holding role.
Signing him would perhaps allow Dier to drop back into centre-back, which could ease the pressure on the defence should they lose Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld this summer.
It is clear to see that Ndombele has serious potential, and the fact that he has also started featuring for France proves that.
There is always the risk that a player might struggle to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, but Ndombele’s size and athleticism make that unlikely and they should sign him as a priority before he gets snapped up by another club.