Lyon's Corentin Tolisso celebrates
According to L'Equipe (subscription required), Tottenham Hotspur are in the race to sign Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso this summer – but he could cost €45million (£37.75million).
Tolisso, 22, has been part of the youth movement that has helped Lyon restore some of their former standing, with Mouctar Diakhaby, Rachid Ghezzal, Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir other academy products to thrive with Lyon.
Midfielder Tolisso has been on the books with Lyon since 2007, and has made his way up through the ranks to become an important player with the Ligue 1 side, making over 150 appearances in a Lyon shirt.
Previously seen as quite a defensive midfielder, Tolisso has enjoyed a remarkable attacking return this season, notching 14 goals in all competitions along with six assists, which has seen him earn his first cap for France.
Now, L'Equipe (subscription required) report that Juventus are leading the race to sign Tolisso, but Tottenham Hotspur are also battling for his signature, along with AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, Arsenal and Manchester City
Lyon's Corentin Tolisso celebrates scoring
Spurs may be looking to land the eventual successor to Mousa Dembele in the heart of midfield, and Tolisso possesses the energy and ability to drive forward that could see him succeed the Belgian in Mauricio Pochettino's side.
However, Dembele only turns 30 this year, and should have plenty left in the tank, with Tolisso no doubt a little reluctant to join a team where he would be playing second fiddle in midfield.
Add in that Lyon allegedly want €45million (£37.75million) for Tolisso – a fee that could be beyond Spurs unless a key player is sold – and a summer move to White Hart Lane seems a little unlikely, but young players making a real impact in Europe is exactly what Tottenham need to look for, rather than take ill-fated gambles like Moussa Sissoko again.
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