No one can deny the inmense amount of depth on Manchester City, especially in the middle of the pitch. But if there is one thing they might be lacking, it is an specialist as a defensive midfielder. After all, Fernandinho can’t be playing every single game.
With that in mind, the reigning Premier League champions are reportedly eyeing a January move for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to several reports coming out of England. The 21-year-old starlet impressed the Citizens during Lyon’s 2-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s men in the UEFA Champions League, and they have been scouting him heavily.
In fact, it is believed that Pep wanted to bring either him or Jorginho during the summer transfer window, but missed out on both. And now he will start another attempt to sign the French as soon as the January transfer window opens up. Guardiola sees the France U21 international as an instant upgrade, and a potential long-term core piece of the squad.
He is not going to be a cheap player, though. The Daily Star Sunday has revealed Manchester City would need to go up to £70 million in order to acquire his services, which would see then break club transfer record of £60 million (Riyad Mahrez this summer).
Ndombele has made nine Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon this season, notching up four assists along the way.