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Ndombele to Tottenham still far from certain

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Duncan Castles believes that while Tottenham are in pole position to sign him, Tanguy Ndombele might pursue other options.

Tanguy Ndombele is definitely going to leave Olympique Lyonnais by the end of the summer transfer window. The midfielder has clearly become too big for the club and the French giants have decided to cash in on him.

Although Jean-Michel Aulas wouldn’t want to lose him, Ndombele moving to another club will guarantee the club a lot of cash to invest in more players.

Tottenham are reportedly favourites to sign the Frenchman. The Spurs have seen one offer rejected but are making serious headway in negotiations. However, Duncan Castles believes that Tottenham will have to convince Ndombele that he is making the right move by signing for them.

As reported by the Daily Star, Castles says that Ndombele is also generating interest from PSG and Juventus and Tottenham might lose out on him. The Frenchman’s contract length means that he has a lot of value and Aulas will cash in on him.

“I believe it’s not a done deal,” he said.

“I think the money that Tottenham are putting down is very attractive to Lyon. We’re talking an initial €62m with performance-related bonuses is the figure that’s being mooted.

“Lyon want to sell players this summer. Their president Jean-Michel Aulas has been clear about that fact. I think he said publicly at one point ‘it’s first come first served’ in terms of who among his cast of players in demand across Europe he’d be willing to sell.

“My briefing from the Lyon end is Ndombele is one of the players he is more open to selling. He has him on a long-term contract, the valuation is high because of that.

“There is interest from Juventus and from Paris St-Germain. I’m told he would prefer to sell Ndombele for a good fee this summer rather than, for example, Moussa Dembele – who has only been there a year, has scored a lot of goals in France in his first season despite not being the first choice at the beginning of that season.”

Clearly, Tottenham have their work cutout for them and need to move swiftly in order to avoid the embarrassment of losing out on a long-term target to another team.