Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed readiness to sell Tanguy Ndombele to Paris Saint-Germain over would-be suitors Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Express Sport reports that City have edged ahead of their rivals in the chase for his signature, with Serie A champions Juventus also in the picture.
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Aulas had previously stated he would be happy to see the 22-year-old swap Lyon for Juventus at the end of the season.
However, in a fresh twist, he’s opened the door for the highly-rated Ndombele to quit the Groupama Stadium for Lyon’s Ligue 1 rivals PSG preferably.
“I am in negotiations with the biggest European clubs and I revived the PSG talks myself to tell them to make sure not to feel excluded,” Aulas told L’Equipe.
“I thought it was time to give PSG direction because PSG will gain more to use French clubs.
“If PSG aligns with the proposals we have and Tanguy agrees, obviously it would be nice if he goes to PSG.”
Aulas’ comments come after he revealed in April that he wanted to see the Guingamp academy graduate team up with former Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic at Juventus.
“I'd honestly like to see Ndombele at Juventus with Pjanic, a player we launched at Lyon and who I'm still very attached to.
“Economic parameters are the priority when selling players, but I'd like to sell him to [Juventus chairman] Andrea Agnelli if all the offers were the same.”
Ndombele cost Lyon a little under £7m when he joined them from Amiens last summer.
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It is thought he would cost in the region of £50m now, particularly with some big spenders eyeing him up.
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