Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele according to the club’s president, though they face a huge battle to land him.
The Frenchman – who is valued at around £70million – has enjoyed another excellent season, impressing domestically and in the Champions League, and has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Now Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has finally admitted that he would be prepared to sell Ndombele, confirming both United and City’s interest, though he’d rather the midfielder ended up at Juventus.
‘It’s true that Juventus are after Ndombele,’ he told Tuttosport. ‘But there’s also PSG, Manchester United and City. ‘I’d honestly like to see Ndombele at Juventus with [Miralem] Pjanic, a player we launched at Lyon and who I’m still very attached to.
‘We’ll see what happens. I won’t talk about money. Economic parameters are the priority when selling players, but I’d like to sell him to [Juve chief] Andrea Agnelli if all the offers were the same.’
Ndombele has been likened to United midfielder Paul Pogba, though Aulas believes the Lyon man is even better than his compatriot.
Asked about the comparisons, he continued: ‘Paul was the leading light of a great World Cup with France but, as is normal, he paid a bit for the World Cup this season. Ndombele has been more decisive this season and is more complete for me.’