According to a report by ESPN journalist James Olley, writing on Twitter, has claimed that there are indeed ‘talks ongoing’ between Tottenham Hotspur and Lyon for midfield ace Houssem Aouar – but there’s been a twist.
The Lowdown: Spurs join race for Aouar…
Multiple reports from France have emerged over this last week detailing Tottenham’s interest in the 23-year-old.
Le10sport claimed last week that Spurs had entered contention for the player alongside north London rivals Arsenal, and his possible price tag of up to €25 million (£21.4m) would not be a problem for Daniel Levy.
ESPN reporter Julien Laurens backed that report on Thursday evening, writing on Twitter that Tottenham have now entered the conversation.
The Latest: Olley breaks transfer twist…
Now, fellow ESPN journalist Olley has broken a transfer twist involving Aouar and Tottenham.
Indeed, the reporter has now made a quite a stunning claim, with Spurs allegedly offering Lyon the chance to re-sign Tanguy Ndombele in a swap deal.
Ndombele put pen to paper on a £63m move to Tottenham from the Ligue 1 giants in 2019, smashing the Lilywhites’ transfer record in the process (Sky Sports), but managing director Fabio Paratici could now let him go the other way in a move for Aouar.
Sources have apparently told ESPN and Olley that there has been no response from Lyon as of yet in regards to their proposal.
The Verdict: Stunning…
Given the French playmaker is available for a cut price deal, this news that Spurs are willing to part ways with their record signing is a rather stunning claim.
Aouar has been a wanted man for the last few seasons with Premier League champions Manchester City also heavily linked last summer.
His price tag back then was said to be a whopping £54m but the ace’s huge price drop has seemingly gifted Spurs a chance.
There is arguably no need to offer Ndombele in a swap due to Lyon’s very attainable £21.4m valuation and we believe Spurs simply must win the race without exchanging players.
Therefore, we urge Paratici and co to just pay his asking price without the needless haggling.
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