With the extra money from the Champions League final and the redevelopment of White Hart Lane completed, Tottenham are expected to spend this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino won’t be leaving, for now anyway, but the Argentine wants funds to improve the current squad and take them a step further. Multiple sources believe Daniel Levy will grant him his wish.
One of the critical areas the Spurs boss will be looking at is central midfield. Mousa Dembele left for China in January and is yet to be replaced. Finding that replacement is vital for them moving forward.
That man may be Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman has been linked to Spurs all summer, and now France Football have the latest on a possible move.
They say that Tottenham are ‘in pole position’ to secure his signature and that they sent offers at the end of May. But, potential interest from Paris Saint Germain has held things up.
Ndombele was a target for former sporting director Antero Henrique. He had identified the Frenchman to solve the Ligue 1 champions’ defensive midfield issues.
Indeed, he was continuing to collect as much information on the 22-year-old and even had PSG’s French players watching him in training while with the French National team.
But, his departure from the club and later replacement by Leonardo has seen the club change direction. Rather than Ndombele, they are now looking a Tiemoue Bakayoko at Chelsea.
That leaves Tottenham at the front of the queue for his signature. Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas is willing to sell his prize asset but wants at least €70m for the midfielder.
That price, according to the newspaper, is considered a little high according to ‘several specialists’ so it’s likely to be one Tottenham will be keen to negotiate down. At this point, though, they would be wise to do so quickly while the competition is looking elsewhere.