Lyon would like to extend Tanguy Ndombele’s loan by another year as they might be unable to bear the costs of signing the midfielder permanently next summer.

According to Jeunes Footeux, Lyon are exploring the idea of extending Tanguy Ndombele’s loan by another year and could begin talks with Tottenham over such a proposal. The Ligue 1 side are concerned that they may not be able to afford to sign the midfielder permanently in the summer, owing to the massive purchase option inserted by Spurs.

Lyon have been in financial trouble for best part of three years. Their condition has worsened further due to the effects of the pandemic, which saw them sell players in the January window.

The biggest windfall arrived from the sale of midfielder Bruno Guimaraes to Newcastle United, fetching them around €50 million, including bonuses. Lyon decided to sign Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele on a six-month loan deal to replace the Brazilian, helping the midfielder end a torrid time in north London.

The Frenchman has settled in well after going back to familiar surroundings and has been a regular for the Ligue 1 side. Spurs have inserted a purchase option worth a reported €65 million in the deal, which Lyon could exercise at the end of the season.

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However, their financial situation may not permit such an outlay on the midfielder, and Lyon are trying to find an alternate solution. Moreover, the chances of the club playing Champions League football next season are slim, which would further curtail their spending power in the transfer market.

Lyon are trying to extend Ndombele’s loan by an extra year and could begin talks with Tottenham in the coming weeks over the proposal. The French side will be hoping to make it back to the Champions League in 2023, allowing them to think of spending significantly in the subsequent windows.

Ndombele has already explained his reasons for leaving Tottenham, which suggests he may not have a future there. He has a contract with Spurs until 2025, meaning the north Londoners have time on their hand to decide his fate.

They could consider Lyon’s proposal over extending his current loan deal, although they may amend certain conditions of the original agreement. Spurs could look to insert a mandatory clause in his contract for the same amount if certain conditions are met, such as qualifying for the Champions League.

If Lyon meet those conditions, the clause will be triggered automatically, and the French club will have no option but to pay the agreed-upon amount.

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