Manchester United’s intention to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been confirmed by the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas.
Tanguy Ndombele is expected to leave the Ligue 1 giants this summer after catching the eye in the Champions League – and comes with a price tag of around €80m.
That’s unlikely to prove prohibitive to the giants of world football, and according to Tuttosport, United have made an undisclosed bid for the all-action schemer in a bid to lure him to Old Trafford.
But while Aulas is resigned to losing his star man, he insists he would, however, rather see the player move to Italy.
“It’s true that Juventus are after Ndombele,” he told Tuttosport. “But there’s also PSG, Manchester United and City.
“I’d honestly like to see Ndombele at Juventus with [Miralem] Pjanic, a player we launched at Lyon and who I’m still very attached to.
“We’ll see what happens. I won’t talk about money. Economic parameters are the priority when selling players, but I’d like to sell him to [Juve chief] Andrea Agnelli if all the offers were the same.”
It’s claimed United want Ndombele as a replacement for Paul Pogba – a player he has been likened to – but Aulas insists the Lyon man has been superior this season.
“Paul was the leading light of a great World Cup with France but, as is normal, he paid a bit for the World Cup this season.
“Ndombele has been more decisive this season and is more complete for me.”
Reports in Spanish paper AS, meanwhile, also claim Zinedine Zidane wants Real Madrid to sign Ndombele this summer – but it’s suggested he’s only their back-up option to Pogba.