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Lyon president makes Tanguy Ndombele admission

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Tanguy Ndombele was the subject of an approach by Tottenham and Jean-Michel Aulas hints that the club would struggle to hold on to him.

With Tottenham moving swiftly for Tanguy Ndombele, it is clear that Olympique Lyonnais’ priorities have changed.

After maintaining that they will not be selling any of their star players, the club’s president has hinted that the club could end up selling a few players. Following the sale of Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid for €45 million, Les Gones were not looking to sell anymore of their players.

But things have changed ever since Tottenham made a bid for Tanguy Ndombele.

Reportedly, the France international is edging closer to a move to England and personal terms may already have been agreed upon. Speaking to RMC, Aulas revealed that a bid has been received but nothing has been decided yet.

“If I wait another eight days, it (the bid) will be €80 million. Tottenham have made a first proposal of €45 million. Since then we have been discussing. Nothing has been finalized, I can assure you. We are not in any hurry either. Tanguy has shown his qualities in the France team. He is one of our best players. How much is he worth? I do not know but I’m sure it’s more than 45 million.”

The future of Nabil Fekir has also been questioned. With just a year left in his current deal, the forward might be sold. And Aulas admits that Fekir’s value is not the same as it was a few years ago unlike Tanguy Ndombele whose value has risen quite a lot.

“Leave? Why not? That’s why we gave him a good option. He has one year of his contract left so it’s not the same price as it would been four or five years ago. We have had discussions with people who are in no hurry because they want to negotiate well. But we do not need money. And we want to keep him if we do not find a replacement.”