Tottenham broke their transfer record with the signing of French global midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon on Tuesday. The London club paid a fee that could rise to £65 million (70 million euros) for the player.
The French club announced that the underlying fee would be 54 million pounds with 9 million pounds more in add-ons.
Tottenham’s record fee was the £42 million (€47 million) they paid for the signature of Davinson Sanchez in 2017.
The France international central midfielder has signed a contract with the club until 2025.”
Ndombele’s move to White Hart Lane came only hours after Spurs made their first signing in eighteen months by signing a young winger Jack Clarke from Leeds.
Eighteen-year-old Clarke will spend next season back at his former club in the Championship.
Tottenham signing Ndombele, a player desired by a large group of top clubs around Europe, is an indication of expectation from Tottenham, who moved into another 62,000 capacity arena earlier this year.
Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has asked the club to keep up with his dreams, after taking Spurs to the Champions League final for the first time.
“We need to make that step,” Pochettino said after making top four in the Premier League last season.
He believed that Spurs could continue in that process, which could eventually put them alongside with the best clubs in the world.
Pochettino has changed Spurs’ successes since he moved to the club five years ago. Next season will be fourth back to back participation in the Champions League.
However, the South American manager is yet to win any trophy in during his time as a manager.
Tottenham have been in dire need of midfield following Mousa Dembele’s transfer to China during the winter transfer window.
Ndombele, 22, heavily featured as Lyon got to the last 16 of the Champions League last season and emerged third in Ligue 1.
The transfer speaks to an enormous profit for the Lyon, who purchased Ndombele from Amiens for just 7 million pounds 12 months ago following after an impressive time on loan at Lyon.
Lyon, on Twitter, expressed their gratitude toward Ndombele for his contribution with the club since he joined them in 2017 and complimented him for his professionalism and his hard work which have earned him a chance to play the French national team.
Ndombele featured ninety-six times for Lyon, scoring four goals and giving sixteen assists, and has made six caps with the World Cup title holder.