Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and have offered the French side the chance to swap him for Tanguy Ndombele.
Aouar is expected to leave Lyon this summer after missing out on a spot in next season’s Champions League, and there is no shortage of interest in the 23-year-old.
Links to the Premier League have been around for the last year, with Arsenal most keen on bringing Aouar over to England, but there has recently been interest from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.
Spurs were credited with an interest in Aouar earlier in July, when it was revealed that the midfielder could be available for just over £20m this summer, but according to ESPN, Spurs are looking to save the cash and have instead offered a straight swap with Ndombele.
24-year-old Ndombele rose to stardom with Lyon between 2017 and 2019, after which he became Spurs’ record signing when he joined the club in a £63m deal, but things haven’t exactly worked out for the midfielder and he has seemingly been made available for transfer.
Spurs are said to be ready to take a huge loss on Ndombele by sending him back to Lyon, but the belief is that the French side would prefer money in exchange for Aouar because of their shortcomings in the league last season.
There has yet to be a formal response from Lyon, but talks are underway between the two sides and the onus is on Spurs to improve their bid before another suitor returns to the table.
Arsenal offered over £30m for Aouar last summer, when the midfielder was valued at over £50m, but the Gunners have been active already this year and may not have that kind of money left to spare.
£8m was spent on left-back Nuno Tavares and a £15m deal for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is on the cusp of completion, but a need to sell players before any further signings may give Spurs a window to sneak in and get a deal done for Aouar.