According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, Tottenham Hotspur's bid of €45million (£40million) for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been rejected – and Juventus are now on the scene.
Spurs appear to have earmarked Lyon star Ndombele as the long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele in Mauricio Pochettino's midfield, having starred over the last two years.
The 22-year-old will go for big money when Lyon choose to sell, and it's believed that Tottenham's offer of £40million plus bonuses isn't enough for them to do business.
Spurs may have to increase that by £20million or even £30million to get a deal done, and there may be a twist in the tale yet, in the form of Juventus.
It's stated that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici was in France this week to speak to Lyon, and make it known that Juve want to be kept informed about Ndombele's future.
Tottenham may have felt confident of doing a deal, but with Juventus now in the mix, they wouldn't be blamed for worrying that the Turin giants could swoop in and beat them to the French international.
Ndombele is perfect for Spurs, possessing many of the attributes that made Dembele so key to Pochettino's side; strength, dribbling ability, technique and the confidence to drive through the middle of the park.
Spurs will surely return with a new bid as a result, but if Juve – perennial challengers for major silverware – get involved, Pochettino may fear losing out on his top target.
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