If Tottenham Hotspur can get the transfer of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon over the line then it could spark a real summer of change at the club.
Mauricio Pochettino has made it very clear that Spurs need to close the chapter on their small club mentality now they have their new 62,062-seater world class stadium open and their state of the art training centre to work every day in.
Tottenham Hotspur are Champions League finalists, they’ve been in the top four now for four consecutive seasons and the Argentine has called for a changing of the guard, a sweeping of the broom throughout the club to prepare for a new era, one where Spurs don’t have to battle for any scraps that fall from the top table.
A club record signing of 22-year-old Ndombele – a ready-made star for now and the long-term – would set that process into motion. It would indicate that chairman Daniel Levy is backing Pochettino 100 per cent in landing his top target to spark his ‘painful rebuild’.
Ndombele is one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in Europe and all indications are that the France international wants to come to Tottenham this summer.
That has a knock-on effect in every department. Other transfer targets will see Spurs making such a statement signing, they’ll see that enormous, gleaming new stadium with its White Wall and the sought-after manager at the helm and they’ll want to be a part of it.
Such a signing would dispel any fears that Tottenham are simply hoping to tread water after building a new stadium as some clubs do.
The players inside the club would see the ambition on display and the fact that Levy will have to sanction a fee of more than £60m to prise the Frenchman out of Lyon and Jean-Michel Aulas’ grasp.
It might even turn the head of Christian Eriksen. The Dane has admitted he is looking for a new challenge but also added the caveat that his ambitions could be satisfied in north London.
Should Tottenham begin a transfer revolution with the signing of one of Europe’s most promising midfielders then Eriksen, with Real Madrid increasingly unlikely to move for him, might just feel that playing in front of Ndombele could be something to reignite his own drive at Spurs.
The midfield competition suddenly goes up a notch at the club. The Frenchman brings an all round game, capable of dribbling, tackling, passing and scoring goals. Tottenham don’t currently have anyone like him. He fills the hole left by Mousa Dembele and potentially then some.
Ndombele would come in and push on Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, while young Oliver Skipp will have plenty to learn from.
Those who can’t keep up will be shipped out as part of the rebuild and the competition will weed out the weakest members of the bunch. Call it Spurs evolution rather than a revolution.
Ndombele is expected to be offered wages approaching the £200,000-a-week that top earner Harry Kane is reportedly getting.
That in turn continues to change the wage structure at the club and opens the door for certain players to earn contracts that reflects their achievements in recent seasons and also allows the club to offer more to other transfer targets rather than immediately shy away with cap in hand when other teams with deeper pockets enter the chase.
Most of all it will convince Mauricio Pochettino that he can achieve everything he desires at Tottenham and that the club is stepping on to a whole new level.
The Argentine has done wonders with so little, just imagine what he can do with a lot.
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