Given the top sides in European football are in a constant arms race when it comes to signing the world’s brightest young talents, it’s little surprise the chase for Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele is fierce.
The 21-year-old midfielder has the lot. He’s powerful, quick, destructive and progressive. His performances have led to comparisons with Chelsea star N’Golo Kanté but, in truth, Ndombele has more to his game than the World Cup winner.
And Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas chose to compare him to another Blues great. “He reminds me of Michael Essien,” he said earlier this season.
Such praise doesn’t come easily, but Ndombele certainly merits it. He is one of the most-sought after players in Europe and we have taken a look at the clubs looking to sign him either in January or next summer.