Lyon will shift Tanguy Ndombele’s price tag to £72million next week if Tottenham do not wrap up a deal in the very near future.
Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed his frustration over the deal to take the midfielder to Tottenham and claimed Daniel Levy has gone back on his word several times.
Levy and Aulas clashed over Tottenham’s signing of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris seven years ago and things between the pair have not got any better with Aulas claiming the negotiations are the “hardest” he has faced in 25 years.
Aulas revealed that Spurs’ opening offer of €45million has been rejected and urged Spurs to get their act together before he bumps the players price up to £72million.
Aulas told RMC Sport: “If I wait another eight days, it will be €80m…Tottenham made us an opening offer worth €45m. Then, we discussed more. Nothing is done, I can assure you. We are not in a hurry either.
“Tanguy has shown his qualities with the French national team. He is one of our best players. How much is he worth? I do not know, but not just €45m.
“We had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we’ve agreed in writing. Agreements have not at all been respected.
“We had email exchanges which have been contradicted, so that’s made it very complicated. It’s difficult. The Tottenham board’s theory is to explain that the economic market is very hard and so we have to get used to renegotiating.
“It’s been very, very difficult. I’ve got 25 years of experience as a president of a club and it’s our 16th participation in a European competition in a row. But this is very rare in the football world. The negotiation with the Tottenham directors has been the hardest I have ever had to undergo in these 25 years.”
Earlier this week Sky Sports and L’Equipe reported that Tottenham had agreed a £65million deal with Lyon for the midfielder.