This could be a big one.
Tanguy Ndombele had one of the top seasons in Ligue 1, and Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly smash their transfer record to sign the Lyon midfielder according to Sky Sports.
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The fee will be above $82 million for the 22-year-old, who scored a goal with a career-best seven assists in league play this season, adding a pair of goals against Hoffenheim in the Champions League.
Ndombele is a center midfielder who will give plenty of options for Mauricio Pochettino in the midfield, and he joins a pair of similar-minded midfielders who moved from Ligue 1 to the Premier League on big money last season (Fulham’s Jean-Michael Seri and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa).
Lyon had Ndombele on loan for a year before spending around $10 million to buy him from Amiens, who retained a 20 percent stake in any profit Lyon would make on a future sale of the player.
Ndombele has six caps for France, and his last three were all starts.
Whether red or blue, Manchester wants some big time Ligue 1 central midfielders.
Manchester City has been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Rodri, but may be just as happy to land this option.
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That’s because signing 22-year-old Tanguy Ndombele would also deprive Spurs of his services, and Tottenham is said to be readying a $63 million bid.
But City would, according to reports, go straight to Lyon’s asking price of $88 million.
Ndombele scored once with seven assists in Ligue 1 last season, and was outstanding in UEFA Champions League play.
Meanwhile across town, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer is ready to spring for Belgian national teamer Youri Tielemans.
The 22-year-old scored three times with five assists in just under 1100 minutes on loan to Leicester City from Monaco, where he scored six goals in 65 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Tielemans completed 85 percent of his passes, a decent figure given his propensity to try challenging offerings.
The reports compiled by The Manchester Evening News say Tielemans was interested in staying at Leicester City but intrigued by United interest. Monaco could sell if their $50 million asking price be met.
Tottenham, in need of a new holding midfielder, may be close to bringing one of the top up and coming players in that position into the club.
Sky Sports Italia reported on Wednesday that Tottenham has begun discussions to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The report states that while both Tottenham and the player’s representatives are far apart in terms of a deal, talks are ongoing. Juventus is also reportedly a potential landing spot for the 22-year-old Frenchman.
Like Ferland Mendy, Ndombele’s now former teammate, just signed at Real Madrid, Ndombele has been a breakout star in Ligue 1 as a No. 6 for Lyon.
This past season, Ndombele started 34 league games for Lyon, scoring a goal and helping them keep the seventh-best defense in the league. Ndombele also keeps the ball moving, which helped Lyon score 70 goals, second most in Ligue 1.
That central midfield spot, currently occupied at Spurs by pretty much only Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks, is desperately in need of some depth. This is especially since the departure of Moussa Dembele last January.
For Spurs, signing a rising star like Ndombele is a great player to bet on, especially as he’s earned himself a cap with the France National steam over the past 12 months.
Real Madrid’s summer of spending continued on Wednesday, as the club announced the signing of Lyon left back Ferland Mendy.
According to Spanish publication Marca, Real Madrid paid more than $54 million to sign the pacy Frenchman, hoping to add some competition at left back next season with incumbent veteran Marcelo getting older and potentially being phased out. The transfer fee could rise to nearly $60 million with bonuses and other clauses added in, should Mendy achieve certain benchmarks.
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The 24-year-old has signed a six-year contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and will be presented on June 19, per the club.
Mendy has been a revelation in Ligue 1 for the last few seasons, first after making an almost $7 million move from Le Havre (where he played for former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley) to Lyon, and secondly with the French giants. At Lyon, he’s showed his speed down the left wing and crossing ability. He’s recorded seven official assists in 72 matches with Lyon in all competitions. It’s been a meteoric rise for Mendy, who 18-months ago was being linked with a move not to Real Madrid, but to clubs like Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, and Watford.
Mendy joins Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic as new signings for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid, as the club looks to strengthen after an incredibly disappointing season. While it’s up in the air how Mendy will settle in the pressure cooker that is playing for Real Madrid, there’s no doubt he has ability and talent.
The biggest question now is that, after spending the better part of more than $225 million on three signings, how is Real Madrid going to recoup some of that money in order to meet Financial Fair Play measures.
Manchester United will fire off a $45 million opening bid to bring Moussa Dembele from Lyon to Old Trafford.
It seems unlikely that number will do the trick for the Ligue 1 outfit which bought him from Celtic for $25 million last summer.
Prolific in Scotland after making his name at Fulham and letting his contract run out, the 22-year-old scored 15 goals with five assists in his first Ligue 1 season. He also scored three goals between UEFA Champions League qualifying and the tournament itself.
That comes from Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre, which also has the report that United remains interested in Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff — we’ve covered that before — and has cooled on Idrissa Gana Gueye of Everton due to a $45 million price tag.
Nathaniel Clyne is a man in demand after his loan stint at Bournemouth furthered his chances of leaving Liverpool.
Sky Sports says the right back’s price tag is around $20 million, and that Napoli, Crystal Palace, and West Ham are all interested in his services.
Clyne had an assist in 13 matches on loan for the Cherries, who are also worried about interest in star playmaker Ryan Fraser.
The diminutive midfielder showed a dynamic connection with Callum Wilson and rang up seven goals and 14 assists at the age of 25.
But Bournemouth is said to want $38 million for its star. Will Arsenal go that high?