MAURICIO POCHETTINO has launched a £60million bid to land France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
The Tottenham boss has made the Lyon midfielder his No1 target for the summer and the club will prioritise him before pursuing other deals.
1 Tottenham have made £60m-rated Tanguy Ndombele their top priorityCredit: AFP
Ndombele, 22, was on Manchester City’s radar before they switched their attention to Atletico Madrid’s Rodri.
Spurs will also face competition from Italian champions Juventus to land the ex-Amiens player but Lyon believe Poch’s
According to a source at the French club they “believe that Tottenham are serious about pursuing a deal for Ndombele this window”.
Lyon are looking for £65million for the player they bought for just £7million last summer after an initial loan.
They are willing to cash in for the right offer and are braced for an offer from Spurs as Poch looks to bolster his squad after reaching the Champions League final.
The Tottenham boss is looking for a long-term replacement for Moussa Dembele after his departure to Chinese side Guangzhou R&F in January.
Ndombele is the preferred choice to drive Pochettino’s midfield, with Harry Winks seen as another star of central midfield for the future.
With Ndombele as the priority for Poch, the club will attempt to secure the signatures of younger players such as Ryan Sessegnon at Fulham or Leeds’ Jack Clarke AFTER trying to land their No1 target.
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Ndombele has broken into the France team and is seen as a central midfielder who can carry the ball forward.
The club are also looking at Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso but Ndombele is top of their list of targets.
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed top European clubs have spoken to him about his prized asset.
He admitted last year he would prefer to strike up a deal with Juve and that Manchester United and City were also in for Ndombele, although it is Spurs who made the first moves for the player.