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A host of top clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing £90 million-rated Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.
Ndombele has been a star for Lyon in Ligue Un and in the Champions League and club president Jean-Michel Aulas has said they have already turned down bids in excess of £45 million for the 21-year-old.
France Football has claimed that United are leading the race to sign the France international, although it is also said that uncertainty over the future of manager Jose Mourinho could put him off.
But, given the amount of interest, Lyon may decide to sell to the highest bidder. Aulas has previously said Lyon would want a fee around that United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba – a then-record £89 million.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised him recently after he played against City for Lyon in the Champions League.
While £90 million is well within the compass of United, City and Barcelona – although the fee would be a transfer record for either Manchester Club – it may well put off Spurs, who have never splashed out such a fee on a player.
Ndombele himself has remained coy on his future, saying he could have left in the summer but decided to stay, and has not regretted the decision.
“I don’t imagine how my career will go, I live it instead,” he told Canal Football Club recently. “”Of course, they are big clubs, I don’t close the door to anyone.
“When I was young I didn’t dream of being in this or that club, whether it is Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, I have never dreamed of being in a specific club like that.”