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From France: Manchester City still ‘serious’ about midfielder despite new contract

Manchester City remain on the trail of highly-rated Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele after it was claimed in France that the Premier League champions had a €50 million bid rejected in the summer.

Ndombele, who Pep Guardiola saw up close as Lyon shocked City at the Etihad Stadium recently, is widely coveted with a host of big European clubs following him, but Lyon are in a strong position having recently extended his contract.

The rejected bid and contract extension hasn’t put City off, with French outlet Le 10 Sport claiming that the 21-year-old is still a ‘serious target’ for City at the end of the season.

It will take a huge fee to sign him but with City becoming increasingly desperate for a central midfielder to succeed Fernandinho, they may have to spend big on a player for the position after missing out on Jorginho in the summer.

Ndombele was one of the players City’s French scout watched in August when Lyon fell to a 1-0 defeat against Patrick Vieira’s Nice.

Ajax hot-shot Frenkie de Jong, Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcântara and the impressive Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves are three others currently being linked with a move to City.

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