Tottenham have agreed a €62 million deal with Lyon that could rise to €72m for the transfer of Tanguy Ndombele, sources have told ESPN FC. The France international, 22, will become the Premier League club’s record transfer, smashing the £42m they paid Ajax for Davidson Sanchez in 2017.
Personal terms are yet to be agreed, but that should not be an issue, and the deal is expected to be announced this week, according to sources. The player is set to travel to London for his medical and be ready to join his new teammates when they report back for preseason on July 8.
It was important to both Ndombele and manager Mauricio Pochettino that the midfielder be at the club by that date so he can take part in the whole of preseason.
After weeks of negotiations, a visit to the new Spurs stadium and the training ground and a few chats with Pochettino, the Ndombele saga is finally over. Daniel Levy made an initial offer of €45m plus add-ons several weeks ago, which was rejected. Talks with Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas continued until the pair came to Sunday’s agreement.
Ndombele went through France’s lower leagues before making it to the top. Four years ago, he was playing in the fifth division with the Amiens reserves before shining with their first team in Ligue 2. Lyon bought him two years ago for €8m with a 20 percent sell-on clause, which means Amiens will get €11m from Spurs’ fee.
Ndombele will be Spurs’ first signing since Lucas Moura joined the North London club from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.