L’Équipe transfer guru Hugo Delom reports tonight that Lyon and Tottenham have fully concluded an agreement worth €72m for the transfer of Tanguy Ndombele – however, Spurs are yet to finalise personal terms with the French international.
The transfer includes €62m guaranteed, with a further €10m in bonuses. The agreement was concluded this weekend between Lyon President Aulas and his Tottenham counterpart Daniel Levy. The bonuses are understood to be easily attainable and relate to Spurs qualifying for the Champions’ League on multiple occasions.
Aulas’ objective this weekend was to conclude a deal that saw OL earn at least €60m guaranteed out of an eventual sale of Ndombele, which he has achieved.
Does this mean that Ndombele is joining Tottenham? Not necessarily – the player has not agreed personal terms yet with Spurs, and it would appear that he is wavering slightly. Delom does add that it often normal for contracts of this magnitude to take weeks and even months to be negotiated.
Ndombele has been convinced by Mauricio Pochettino about Tottenham’s project and he does believe that the Argentine tactician would progress his individual game. Whilst the broad brush contours of a contract with Ndombele have been agreed with Spurs for several weeks, there remain more specific details that are yet to be ironed out.
Meetings are expected to occur between the player’s representatives and Spurs in the coming hours to attempt to fully close the deal.
This element of doubt that remains opens the door to other European giants to shoot their shot in the coming hours. Neither PSG nor Juventus will be going after Ndombele, per Delom, with the former having decided that the Lyon man was not their priority and the latter deciding on a deal for Rabiot.
A surprise could come from Manchester United, according to Delom, but they still seem blocked from making a move because they have not yet resolved the future of Paul Pogba.
For Tottenham, the door is open, now they must conclude the signing.