Manchester City want to blow Tottenham away to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer, Football Insider understands.
Football Insider revealed this week that Spurs are ready to increase their bid for the France international to a club-record £50million as well as offer him a staggering £200,000-a-week contract.
A City source has told Football Insider the Premier League champions also have a strong interest in Ndombele and learned it would take a figure in the region of £70million to convince Lyon to sell him.
Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of the midfielder, who made such an impression for Lyon during their Champions League group stage matches against City last autumn.
Ndombele shone in both games, one of which was won by the Ligue 1 club and the other drawn, and the manager is convinced he has the ability to thrive in the Premier League.
It is a stance shared by Mauricio Pochettino, who has made the six-times France international one of his priority summer targets as he looks to beef up a midfield weakened by the January sale of Mousa Dembele.
Lyon have made it clear they are open to negotiating the sale of Ndombele, but will refuse to sell him for less than their valuation.
That could be a major issue for Spurs, who do not have the financial muscle of City and would have to completely smash their current club-record £42million payout for Davinson Sanchez two years ago to win the race.
In other Man City news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed the terms of a £200,000-a-week wide man deal.