Report: Manchester United 'Most Determined' in Tanguy Ndombele Transfer Race

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2018

LILLE, FRANCE - DECEMBER 1: Tanguy Ndombele Alvaro of Olympique Lyon  during the French League 1  match between Lille v Olympique Lyon at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 1, 2018 in Lille France (Photo by Angelo Blankespoor/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been linked with a number of clubs recently, but Manchester United are reportedly the "most determined" to secure his signature. 

According to France Football (h/t Tom Coast of Sport Witness), the Red Devils are showing more interest in the Lyon starlet than any other club, including their local rivals Manchester City.

It's added United have the money needed to pull off a deal for the 21-year-old, who has enjoyed a couple of breakthrough seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit.

According to France Football, the uncertainty that continues to swirl around United boss Jose Mourinho is a potential issue for getting any deal completed, as is the fact the Red Devils are looking unlikely to challenge for a spot in the Premier League's top four this term.

Speaking with Canal Football Club (h/t Rich Jones of the Daily Mirror) recently, Ndombele said he could have potentially moved somewhere other than Lyon in the summer; his loan deal from Amiens was made permanent ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

"I could have gone, maybe things would have worked out well," he said. "The club was firm, they didn't want me to leave. I didn't feel like leaving, and I think that today you can see that it was the best decision for me."

LYON, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 07: Tanguy Ndombele of Olympique Lyonnais celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Nabil Fekir of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Lyonnais and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at G
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According to Calciomercato (h/t Football Italia), the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Juventus are also interested in the youngster.

Ndombele is making strides in what is a bright and attack-minded Lyon side, bossing many a midfield battle in Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League. 

Based on WhoScored.com's rating system, there isn't a young player who has done better than the Lyon man in Europe's premier club competition this season:

Often the only way to stop Ndombele in the Champions League this season has been to foul him:

For United he would be an interesting option. Ndombele is a box-to-box midfielder and performs to his best when given license to stride forward and influence play in the final third; while they're different kinds of footballers, he does share some stylistic traits with Paul Pogba.

The midfield will be a big concern for Mourinho at the moment, with Pogba only in the team intermittently and summer signing Fred having still only started six games in the Premier League all season.

Someone like Ndombele would inject fresh impetus. But having spent so much on a midfielder in Fred in the summer, coupled with the uncertainty surrounding United at that moment, you sense the Lyon man would have more appealing options on the table than a switch to Old Trafford.

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