If there’s a theme which has been running through Tottenham Hotspur transfer stories of recent years it’s chats with Mauricio Pochettino.
The Spurs boss has convinced several players to join the club, sometimes turning down better financial offers from elsewhere in the process.
And now, that’s what L’Equipe say the Argentine has done with Tanguy Ndombele.
The Lyon midfielder is said to have visited the Premier League club’s facilities, and returned to France ‘convinced’.
L’Equipe add: ‘But what has marked the French international is more the dialogue with Mauricio Pochettino than infrastructure as such.’
Speaking French, the Tottenham boss enthused Ndombele by predicting a challenge for the league title next season, and building a squad to do so. This has made the midfielder believe that Spurs is a club he can progress at, and also find the platform to force his way into Didier Deschamps’ team for Euro 2020.
That doesn’t mean things are done, not even personal terms. The French newspaper say a source has told them contractual talks with Ndombele are 80% there.
Last night, ‘there was no agreement’ with Lyon, who are looking for around €80m as a total value. It’s believed Daniel Levy is trying to get them down to €70-75m.
As a fixed amount, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas ‘will not fall below €65m’.
Juventus are interested but likelier to go for Adrien Rabiot, PSG don’t see the player as a priority, and Manchester United are ‘weighed down’ by uncertainty over Paul Pogba’s situation.
Ndombele is Tottenham’s to lose.