Tottenham Transfer News: Ndombele set to become record signing

Tottenham Hotspur on course to set a new transfer record

It's been rather quiet on the transfer front for Tottenham Hotspur over the last 18 months. Mauricio Pochettino's men haven't added any new recruits since January 2018 when Lucas Moura arrived from PSG for £25m and in the meantime all of their rivals have strengthened significantly.

But it appears that this summer is going to mark a change. Spurs are always linked with several players in transfer rumours columns and it appears that one move is going to get over the line very soon, and what a move it looks on paper.

In-demand France and Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is heavily expected to make the move to North London in the coming days, for a fee of around £65m which blows their previous transfer record out the water (Davinson Sanchez £38m, 2017).

This is a player that's spent the summer linked with a move to big spending Real Madrid, so if they can tempt him to the Premier League it would definitely be seen as something of a coup.

Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of Ndombele and he could flourish under the Argentine's guidance

But it also shows just how much Tottenham are progressing as a club under Mauricio Pochettino. He may not have the financial backing that some of his rivals do but Daniel Levy is evidently proving that they will stump up the cash for the right player, a player who Poch has been desperate to acquire all window.

The Argentine has made them Champions League regulars and even of course guided them to the final where they were beaten by Liverpool. Making it to Madrid could be a sign of things to come in the future so it's not surprise that big players are wanting to join his revolution and play at their fantastic new stadium.

The hype around Tanguy Ndombele has made him one of the hottest properties in the transfer window but just how good is he? We've had a look at what he can bring to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium..

Tottenham land a major transfer target

£65m a massive fee for any club to shell out, but when you see Tottenham Hotspur's lack of transfer activity over the last 18 months it immediately grabs your attention.

With the demand and hype surrounding Tanguy Ndombele he was never going to come cheap and it shows just how highly Mauricio Pochettino rates this guy that he's willing to smash the clubs transfer record in order to obtain him.

This is player that's been linked with Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United all summer and he looks tailor made for the Premier League and Tottenham.

In Ndombele it looks like they have the perfect replacement for the departed Mousa Dembele - with them possessing many similar attributes. The France international is capable of playing from either the left or right, but where he truly excels is in the middle of the park.

A capable holding or central midfielder, the 22 year-olds power and physicality could see him strike up a menacing partnership with Moussa Sissoko in the Tottenham engine room. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas compared him to Michael Essien which is huge praise and if he's anything like the former Chelsea man, Spurs will have a gem on their hands.

But he isn't just a bruising defensive minded midfield player. His desire, work rate and technical ability (successful dribbles per game 2.3, pass completion 89%) make him a robust box-to-box midfielder which led to 10 goal involvements (3G 7A) last season which all make very nice reading.

Tanguy Ndombele
A creator, ball-winner, playmaker, dribbler, tackler, Ndombele has all the traits to be a massive success in England

Scoring goals is an area he needs to improve on and under the guidance of Pochettino you'd expect him to develop significantly. But the way he carries the ball and can lead the transition between defence and attack will make him invaluable to Spurs, a very different option to the likes of Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama.

Fans of the Premier League may not know an awful lot about him, but Manchester City supporters certainly do. He impressed against them in their two Champions League meetings last season, playing a starring role in Lyon taking 4 points off Pep Guardiola's men. He really strutted his stuff against the Citizens, with his ability to find a man, beat the press and break up play really catching the eye.

Very much in the mould of Dembele but at the age of 22, he has plenty of years left in the tank to eclipse the achievements of the Belgian and become the mainstay of this Tottenham midfield for a generation.

Where will he fit in at Spurs?

He may primarily be a box-to-box midfielder, but Ndombele's physical and technical attributes mean he's capable of playing from either side so his tactical versatility will be crucial for Spurs as they compete in four competitions.

Question marks remain around the future of Christian Eriksen with Spurs keen to retain him despite interest from Real Madrid. The Dane's potential departure could lead to another big money signing with Real Betis man Giovani Lo Celso linked with a transfer to Tottenham.

But in the meantime it looks like Ndombele will form a tasty looking midfield trio alongside Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks. The England man will sit as an orthodox no.6, dictating the play and keeping the ball moving, whilst his French counterparts will be given license to go bomb on and use their physicality further up the pitch.

Mousa Dembele Tottenham
It looks like Tottenham have their long-term replacement for the great Mousa Dembele who left after 7 years of fantastic service in January

Both of them have similar attributes with them primarily box-to-box midfielders, but Ndombele's skill on the ball makes him a significant upgrade on the 29 year-old and we can't wait to see how he fares in the Premier League.

This is a player who's been linked with massive clubs over the summer and he even topped a recent poll conducted by Spanish newspaper AS. They asked Real Madrid fans who they wanted to sign this summer and Ndombele topped it, finishing above Paul Pogba who continues to be linked with a big money transfer to the Bernabeu.

This guy has massive pedigree so for Tottenham to get him sends out a big statement to the rest of continent. Their fantastic new stadium and superb run in last seasons Champions League prove that they're now one of European footballs bigger clubs.

More are expected to follow the France international through the door so Spurs fans, get excited...


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