Lyon rejected a €50 million (£44.8 million) bid from Manchester City for highly-rated midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in the summer, according to leading French outlet RMC Sport.
The L’Equipe newspaper claimed earlier this month that an unnamed ‘Big 4’ English club had tried to buy the 21-year-old in the summer, only to have their bid knocked back.
And it has today been confirmed by RMC Sport that it was Manchester City who tried in vain to sign Ndombele, a player who has been on their radar for a while.
It was one of several disappointments for Pep Guardiola in trying to bring ina midfielder during the summer, after missing out on Jorginho to Chelsea, while there have been reports lately that a £50 million bid for in-demand Ajax hot-shot Frenkie de Jong was turned away.
Ndombele was one of the most impressive Lyon players as the Ligue 1 club stunned Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium during the week, and recently extended his contract until 2023, which is sure to bump his price tag up even more.
Though his new deal doesn’t rule out City going back for Ndombele at some point, it would make him a more expensive signing and there is likely to be increased competition for the young midfielder in the near future.