Reports coming out of France are that Tottenham Hotspur and Olympique Lyonnais have agreed to terms on a transfer for French International midfielder, Tanguy Ndombele. Spurs are now one step closer to locking down one of the biggest transfers of the window.
Hugo Delom, arguably the most trusted journalist when it comes to transfers in France, is reporting that the deal is for €62m, with escalators going up to €72m. We’ll find out, in time, what those escalators are. The fee is about what we expected as Aulas was trying to stick hard to the €65m base fee. Levy, it appears, has talked him down a bit.
Ndombele, who is currently on holiday in Monaco as his Instagram suggests, has reportedly been waiting for the green light to make the trip to London from Lyon. If today’s news is correct, and there’s no reason to believe that it isn’t, then Ndombele can make his travel arrangements to London once personal terms are agreed upon, unless they save that for face to face.
With Spurs set to announce Jack Clarke tomorrow, who is expected to be loaned back to Leeds for a season, this is setting up to be a huge week for Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino will no doubt be thrilled with this pickup, if it gets completed, as it shows commitment from the club and he can strengthen a squad that reached the Champions League final just a few weeks ago.
As is tradition: Nobody move.
UPDATE (3:58PM ET): Here’s why we say don’t move.
What is fascinating about this reporting from Hugo Delom tonight is that the "no personal terms agreed" narrative has to be coming from Tanguy Ndombele's entourage, which would suggest that they're not totally satisfied moving to Tottenham. https://t.co/nCEQsDJ6Sq— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 30, 2019
This isn’t 100% locked down, everyone. More than likely, this is an agent leaking information to put pressure on Spurs to give Ndombele a bit better wages.
UPDATE #2 (4:05 PM): Ricky Sacks stating that the full article from L’Equipe suggests that Spurs are going to finalize the terms in the next couple of hours. I wouldn’t normally include an aggregator in an article like this, but without a L’Equipe subscription, I have to go off of other information.
[L’Equipe] | Tottenham Hotspur are expected to host negotiations with Tanguy Ndombele in the next few hours to finalise the transfer.— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) June 30, 2019
Spurs already have a rough agreement in place with the Frenchman however there are specific personal terms which require completing.#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/0QwT1uddpb