One of the top stories in L’Equipe on Tuesday is Mathieu Valbuena’s imminent move from Dynamo Moscow to Lyon.
30-year-old Valbuena moved to Russia last summer in a reported 6 million pound transfer from Marseille. The Frenchman signed a three-year deal at Dynamo.
But life in Russia hasn’t gone well for the dinky Gallic playmaker, and he’s now set to move back to Ligue 1.
L’Equipe report that Valbuena touched down in France on Monday, while he’ll complete his medical with Lyon today.
Valbuena’s arrival could help Tottenham sign 21-year-old forward Clinton N’Jie, as Lyon’s attacking line-up looks set to be Valbuena, Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir.
Last week L’Equipe reported that Tottenham were “very close” to signing N’Jie.
N’Jie has made 30 top flight appearances for Lyon, only 15 of which came from starts, and he’s scored seven goals, and bagged seven assists.
According to reports, Lyon last week rejected a bid from Tottenham for N’Jie, which was €12m plus another €3m in add-ons. Instead, the club are looking to seal the deal at €15m up-front, while the striker is ready to pen a deal at White Hart Lane until 2019.
N’Jie returned to Lyon training today after missing last weekend’s Ligue 1 opener at home to Lorient.
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