Tottenham made a club record signing when they brought in Tanguy Ndombele this week but what are they getting for their money?
Ndombele signed a deal with Spurs for £55 million and it’s also said there could be just short of £10 million worth of fees in add-ons. Chairman of the club, Daniel Levy has a reputation for being a tough negotiator when it comes to transfers and he didn’t lay off with this one. It’s been said that Levy ‘wouldn’t let the midfielder leave the training ground’ until a deal agreement was made. This may seem a bit full on, but it’s a clever tactic to stop other teams having the chance to talk to him.
Apparently, Lyon initially asked for £70 million but Levy managed to renegotiate. Even though he got a reduction in price, this still makes the French midfielder the highest amount that the chairman has spent on a player.
It is clear that Spurs need a refresh in their team as they’ve gone without signing players while their new stadium was under construction. Now that they’ve managed to make a signing, fans are at ease and excited about seeing the midfielder in action.
Ndombele is 22 years old and started his career at Amien. He broke into their first team in 2016 after being in their B team for 2 years. He then went on loan in 2017 to Lyon, he made 32 appearances before signing for them permanently in 2018. After 33 games last season, he’s now gained interest from other clubs and Tottenham have won the battle.
At 22, he’s already got enough experience to compete with teams in the top tier of football, and one of Spurs’ main competition for titles is City. The French midfielder already knows what it’s like to play against them as he took part in the Champions League last year. His young age should make him value for money as they should get quite a few years out of him. I hope he will be worth the money and be great for Tottenham going forward.