Lyon president compares Tottenham Hotspur target to Florian Thauvin, says valuation at least £11.3m

Florian Thauvin

Jean-Michel Aulas says that the Tottenham target is worth considerably more than Newcastle United target Florian Thauvin.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the signing of Lyon striker Clinton N’Jie in recent weeks. The Cameroonian was reportedly the subject of a bid from Tottenham Hotspur recently.

The London Evening Standard reported last week that Spurs had made their interest for the forward clear, with an apparent £7 million bid being lodged.

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas refuted those claims on Twitter yesterday and has done so again – comparing the sage to that of Newcastle United’s apparent interest in Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.

He is quoted by Le Phoceen as stating:

"When I was asked, I did not answer that the amount was not sufficient, but rather that Clinton would not leave. We do not set prices.

“But I read the papers and I see that Newcastle has proposed 16 or 17 million euros [£11.3 million] for Thauvin. So if he were to leave, it would surely not be for a lower price than that?”

This should not be seen as Aulas making a statement of N’Jie’s asking price. On the contrary, it is Aulas making it clear that his striker is not for sale this summer at all.

N’Jie came to the fore at Lyon last season. He scored seven times last term, bagging the same number of assists, in 31 appearances for Lyon. Four of his goals came in the final six games of the season, so he finished in some style.

But Aulas is known as one of the toughest negotiators in European football and if he says N’Jie is not for sale this summer, Spurs would be best off looking elsewhere.

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