If there’s a crown jewel in this summer’s transfer window for Tottenham Hotspur, it’s almost certainly Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. Spurs thought they had him in the bag last summer only for Lyon and Ndombele’s agent to pull the plug, keeping him at Lyon for another season. Since then, interest in him has only grown, as has his potential transfer fee.
According to the L’Equipe print edition (via Get French Football News), Tottenham are back in for Ndombele this summer, with the French daily reporting that Spurs have made a provisional contract offer to the 22 year old that is “more financially significant than anything they have offered anyone for quite some time.”
We’ve written about our unapologetic lust for Ndombele on this site before, and we’ve also noted that Tottenham would appear to still be a long shot to land his signature. That doesn’t appear to have changed. That same L’Equipe article notes that PSG is entering the race, and that’s bad news for Spurs as PSG can financially blow Spurs out of the water. Apparently now-managerless Juventus are also interested as well. However, Tottenham do have a few things going for it — the promise of guaranteed playing time, the Premier League, and (hopefully) a Champions League title on which to hang their hats. It’s also promising that Spurs are apparently getting serious. We don’t know what “more financially significant than nything they have offered for quite some time” means, but we hope it means they’re ready to make a serious statement of intent to get their man.
There are a lot of good central midfield options in the market this summer which we’ll talk about as the transfer window goes along, but Ndombele is the real deal and would saunter straight into Spurs’ starting XI. He’s amazing and I want him. Seeing Tanguy in lilywhite next season still feels like wishcasting, but there’s a more-than-Lloyd-Christmas chance here, and for now I’ll take it.