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Tottenham’s chances of signing Tanguy Ndombele might be better than we thought

Juventus and PSG shopping around could mean Spurs could get their man.

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The transfer window is now open and the rumors are heating up. There are two today that are of note to Spurs fans, though maybe not for reasons that are immediately clear. The first is a report in Spanish daily AS which states that Paris St. Germain is closing in on the signing of Napoli’s Allan. The other is an Italian-language rumor from Gianluca Dimarzio Dot Com suggesting that Juventus has reached personal terms for the transfer of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Why are we writing an article about rumors for players interested in moving to Juventus and PSG? Because both Milinkovic-Savic and Allan are central midfielders, and if those two clubs are both serious about signing them it potentially clears the lane for Tottenham to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. We already know that Spurs are serious about their pursuit of the Lyon man, and we also just found out that Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is apparently trying to drive the price up by offering Ndombele to league rivals and other clubs, potentially also so that he doesn’t have to deal with his less-evil English twin, Daniel Levy.

So if Juventus and PSG really are turning their attention to other targets (and Milinkovic-Savic and Allan are two very, very good targets), it sure looks like the dominoes are being set up for Spurs to make a serious push for what would be an amazing addition to the midfield.

Nothing in life, or the transfer window, is certain. The sources for these rumors aren’t anywhere close to iron-clad, and just because they’re looking at other players doesn’t mean the clubs aren’t still trying to land Ndombele. Also, with regards to the Allan rumor, if that’s true it would likely rule out Napoli selling Amadou Diawara, another target high on Spurs’ midfield wishlist.

But if the end result is whiffing on Diawara but landing Ndombele, I suppose I’ll have to live with the disappointment. I gotta tell you, I’m starting to get excited. More than excited, I’m starting to get a little hopeful. And when’s the last time THAT happened in a Spurs transfer window?