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Spurs transfer news: £40m Ndombele bid rejected as Juventus make contact

By William Eldridge

Published: 14:30, 14 June 2019

Tottenham Hotspur have had an offer of £40 million rejected for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.

The Premier League club have identified the talented 22-year-old as a target this summer but Serie A champions Juventus are also interested in signing the Frenchman.

Could Ndombele head to Spurs? Five things to know…

  1. Reports suggest that Mauricio Pochettino is willing to spend big to get Ndombele to join Tottenham this summer.
  2. The midfielder has been identified as a direct replacement for Mousa Dembélé who left the club in January.
  3. Ndombele has previously stated that he could remain with Lyon this summer.
  4. The Frenchman is contracted to Lyon until at least 2023.
  5. The youngster made 49 appearances this season across all competitions, averaging 2.4 tackles per game in the Champions League.

Tottenham’s offer of roughly £40 million has reportedly been rejected by Lyon who can demand far more for a player with such great potential.

With the midfielder under contract for another four years, Lyon qualifying for next season’s Champions League, and the unsubtle interest from several large European clubs in Ndombele, the French side understandably would command a much higher fee to allow the 22-year-old to depart the club.

That is if the player wishes to do so, with Ndombele admitting in the past that it is entirely possible that he may remain with his current employers next season.

He said: “As I told my agents and the club, I’m not fixed yet, I did not make a decision.

“Of course I could see myself staying with Lyon, the club will be in the Champions League.

“But I’ve not asked the question to stay or not and I’ve not spoken with the new staff.”

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Ligue 1 side Lyon finished third in France’s top division last season, securing Champions League football once again following their recent European attempts, where they lost to Barcelona in the round-of-16.

Ndombele – who amassed eight Champions League appearances over the past campaign – has impressed both domestically and in Europe, prompting clubs such as Spurs and Juventus to act quickly in an attempt to secure the midfielder’s signature.