United Scouts Have Watched Ndombele
Manchester United are considering a move for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele according to reports from France.
The Red Devils sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old Ndombele in action towards the back end of last season and according to Le 10 Sport United are still mulling over whether to put in a bid.
Ndombele spent last season on loan at Lyon from Amiens whom he helped to promotion from France’s Ligue 2 in the 2016-17 campaign. He played in 32 of Lyon’s 38 Ligue 1 games last season – 28 starts and four appearances off the bench – along with 10 appearances in their Europa League campaign and five domestic French knockout matches.
Lyon confirmed earlier this month that they have completed his permanent transfer. They have paid Amiens €8million (£7million) to go with the €2million (£1.7million) loan fee they paid at the start of the season. In addition, there are bonuses payable of up to €250,000 and Amiens will be entitled to 20 percent of any future profits should Lyon sell Ndombele.
But while United mull over their bid Ndombele is already being linked with other clubs. Tottenham Hotspur are known to be interested but have yet to contact Lyon to make any formal enquiry. Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have also had him watched.
Lyon are unlikely to consider any sale this summer. Much depends on the Nabil Fekir situation. The France winger saw his £53m move to Liverpool scuppered earlier this month after a medical examination raised doubts over a previous knee injury. Fekir is currently at the World Cup and any transfer will have to wait until after the tournament. But if Fekir leaves then the odds will lengthen of Ndombele also being allowed to leave.
However, if Manchester United do sign Ndombele then it is likely to lead to the sale of Ander Herrera.
Former club Athletic Bilbao are interested in taking Herrera back to La Liga and are willing to pay as much as €30million to get the deal over the line.