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Tottenham confident of Tanguy Ndombele deal but face struggle to convince player over summer move

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Tottenham are facing a battle to convince Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to join them this summer.

That fee would smash Spurs' transfer record – the £40m they paid for Davinson Sanchez in summer 2017 – but they remain hopeful of knocking down Lyon's asking price and convincing the player that he should move to north London and work under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, Ndombele is thought to favour a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, or Premier League champions Manchester City, and is in no rush to make a decision on his future, having begun his summer break this week following France's Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Pochettino, the Spurs manager, has made strengthening his central midfield the top priority this summer, not least because Christian Eriksen would push for a transfer if Real Madrid firm-up long-standing interest in the Denmark international.

The Champions League runners-up remain in talks with Fulham over Ryan Sessegnon, who has made clear his desire to move to Spurs, but the London rivals are still someway apart on asking price.

Spurs have opened talks with the Ligue 1 club over the coveted France international and they are confident of reaching an agreement.

Lyon's asking price is also likely to prove problematic for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, with the Ligue 1 club's president Jean-Michel Aulas, who is every bit as tough a negotiator, starting talks at €80million (£71m).
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