July 3 – Tottenham Hotspur, who reached the Champions League final in June without having signed a single player for 18 months, have smashed their transfer record by purchasing 22-year-old French rising midfield star Tanguy Ndombele for a club record €60 million from Lyon.
Ndombele, who has signed a deal until 2025, only joined Lyon in 2017 but put in several eye-catching performances in last season’s Champions League group games.
Ndombele has just six caps for France but is regarded as one of his country’s most valuable young assets, a central midfielder with power, pace and precision whose price could well rise to €75 million.
The signing of Ndombele represents a bold statement by Spurs in terms of finding sufficient funds to bring in such a sought-after player given that only three months ago they opened their new £1billion state-of-the-art stadium. Manchester United were also reportedly interested in Ndombele but missed out.
Nevertheless Spurs, despite being badly in need of re-inforcements to maintain their upward curve of recent seasons, will still have to sell players in order to keep buying, with the futures of Danish midfield star Christian Eriksen and Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld particularly up in the air.
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