Manchester City are considering a £40 million move for Lyon and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in the January transfer window, James Ducker of the Telegraph reports.
The 21-year-old, who recently won his first cap for the French national team, impressed against City in the Champions League for Lyon and reports in France have claimed the Blues had a big rejected for him in the summer.
Squad player Oleksandr Zinchenko may be offered as a makeweight in any £40 million deal for Ndombele, which could entice Lyon to do business in the winter transfer window.
Pep Guardiola is short on competition for Fernandinho in the holding midfield role and has identified Ndombele as an ideal successor for the 33-year-old.
A physical and aggressive player, Ndombele would suit the Premier League while his passing and technical ability mean he could slot nicely into Guardiola’s elaborate system at City.
Other reports have Ajax sensation Frenkie de Jong as City’s number one midfielder target, and according to the Telegraph, City’s interest in Ndombele is understood to be separate to that, raising the possibility that both players could arrive at the Etihad Stadium.