Manchester City eye January midfielder deal but face club-record £70m valuation – report

Manchester City are interested in a January deal for their Champions League tormenter, Tanguy Ndombele, one of French football’s rising stars.

The 21-year-old midfielder was outstanding for Lyon as they shocked City at the Etihad Stadium recently, and it has been reported that Pep Guardiola had a £44.8 million (€50 million) bid knocked back for him in the summer window after the Blues’ failed to sign Jorginho.

His performance against City, a new long-term deal with Lyon, and his first call-up to the French national team have boosted Ndombele’s value, and according to the Daily Star Sunday, the Ligue 1 side now want a huge £70 million to consider selling him.

City are known to walk away from valuations they deem excessive, and £70 million would represent a new club record were they to pay it, exceeding the £60 million shelled out for Riyad Mahrez in the summer.

Ndombele is one of several midfielders being linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium, along with Frenkie de Jong of Ajax, Wolves’ Ruben Neves, and Guardiola favourite Thiago Alcântara of Bayern Munich.

With Fernandinho finally showing signs of decline at the age of 33, there may be a pressing need to acquire a new central midfielder and that could mean a January move for one of Guardiola’s targets.

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