From France: Mystery ‘Big 4’ English club made €50m bid for Manchester City-linked ace

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is quickly emerging as one of Europe’s most coveted young midfielders and a new report from France hints that Manchester City may have made a bid for him this summer.

While Tottenham’s interest in the 21-year-old midfielder was widely documented, French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Lyon received a bid of €50million (£44.9million) from a mystery ‘Big 4’ English club.

The report suggests that one of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool made the bid, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas turned it down and managed to hold on to his latest crown jewel.

During an appearance on the City Watch Podcast in March, journalist Sam Lee of Goal revealed that City had an interest in Ndombele, so it isn’t implausible that the offer arrived from the Etihad.

Lyon made Ndombele’s loan move from Amiens permanent in the summer and the France under-21 international is attracting widespread interest across Europe after his accomplished performances in Ligue 1 last season.

City missed out on number one target Jorginho to Chelsea, while former target Fred headed to Manchester United, so Pep Guardiola’s hunt for a Yaya Touré replacement and Fernandinho successor is ongoing, with Ruben Neves of Wolves a recently linked name.

Could Ndombele also still be on the radar though? And did Manchester City make a bid for him this summer, or did that particular offer come from rivals Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool? This could be one to keep an eye on in the winter market, particularly if Pep prioritises a new midfielder.

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