Tottenham are set to compete with Juventus for Lyon's highly rated midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer.
We take a closer look at one of the stand-out performers in Ligue 1 this season who is set to spark a bidding between some of Europe's elite clubs.
What's his background
It's fair to say that Ndombele's route to prominence wasn't exactly a smooth one.
Born in the south Parisian suburb of Longjumeau to parents of DR Congolese descent, played for various local teams before moving to Brittany aged 14 to join the academy at Guingamp.
Ndombele spent three seasons with them but failed to impress enough to win a professional contract.
The teenager dropped down a couple of levels to Amiens before trialling at numero us clubs including Auxerre, Caen and Angers, but all in vain.
The reason was always the same – Ndombele was apparently overweight and not the correct build to play regular professional football.
In the end, he had to work his way up from the Amiens reserve team in the Championnat National 3, the fifth level of French football.
But by the 2016-17 campaign, he had cracked the first team there, playing 31 times that year and proving himself regularly enough to earn a loan to Lyon for the following season.
Since then, Ndombele's progress has been spectacular. From what was reportedly a € 2m loan with an option to sign him permanently for just € 8m, Ndombele ended up playing 50 matches last season.
He helped the club to a third-place finish in Ligue 1, ensuring Champions League qualification.
It was a no-brainer for Lyon to pay the modest fee and sign him, with Ndombele making further strides this season.
He impressed against Manchester City in the Champions League group stage, as well as scoring twice against Hoffenheim, before Lyon bowed out to Barcelona in the last 16.
And his seven assists in 33 league appearances helped Lyon to another third-place finish behind runaway champions PSG and Lille.
What's his playing style?
Ndombele is best described as a powerful box-to-box midfielder who isn't afraid to push forward and possesses a creative switch in the final third.
While Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has described Ndombele as the 'new Michael Essien', a more contemporary comparison with his France colleague N'Golo Kante.
With their energy, discipline, dribbling and ability to pick out a pass, there are certainly similarities with Kante, not to mention as elevenlessness at doing some of the dirty jobs that go under the radar.
The once 'overweight' Ndombele has now matured into a 22-year-old with impressive upper body strength, yet he also has the balance and technique necessary to dribble neatly.
He often breezes past a couple of opposition players before picking an appropriate pass, but then continues his run into a dangerous area or serves as a decoy to drag defenders away from others.
His passing also catches the eye because it's invariably a forward-thinking ball that plays and these often lead to chances.
In Lyon's 2-1 win at Man City in the Champions League, Ndombele created two chances with incisive passes through the City defense.
His coach at Amiens, Christoph Pelissier, summed up his game neatly: "He is very good with the ball, dazzles with his shot, breaks lines with the ball at his feet.
'His technical quality allows him to play more advanced, w hile his intelligence allows him to adopt a more defensive role. "
What can he improve on?
One thing that Kante has added to his game with age is a scoring touch and that's one area where Ndombele could improve.
He has just scored five goals during his professional career and his coach at Lyon, Bruno Genesio, said as much earlier in the season.
"He has to go one last step in finishing, the only thing he needs to become a very great player. He lacks some concentration in the final third but he has the technical quality to do it, "Genesio said.
" He has score six to eight goals a season. "
To be fair to Ndombele, he has only been playing at the elite level for a couple of years and is still only 22, so there will be plenty of opportunities to fine-tune an already impressive range of attributes.
What are people saying about him?
Lyon boss Genesio: 'He's thoughtful and intelligent. With the ball, to make the best use of it, he takes in information before anyone else to make the right choice.
'Without the ball, it brings balance to the team. When Nabil Fekir is out of position, he's there, providing balance, alongside our defensive midfielder Lucas Tousart.
"He's interesting because he's one of those players capable of solving tactical problems with his game intelligence."
Philippe Lemaire, former scout at Guingamp: "He stinks of football. He is strong and precise. He feels the game. He is capable of creating lightning, to give rhythm to the game, to counterattack, but also to press and regain possession. "
France coach Didier Deschamps:" He knows how to do everything in the middle, he is powerful , technical. "
Ndombele on his own personality:" I like to speak on the pitch, I'm not very comfortable with microphones and cameras. I know it's part of the job, but I don't really like to talk about myself. ”
What about international honors?
Ndombele's rapid progress with Lyon didn The escape from the notice of France coach Deschamps, who called him into the squad for the first time back in October.
He replaced Colentin Tolisso, as he did in the team at Lyon, in the squad and duly made his debut as a substitute for Paul Pogba in a friendly against Iceland.
Appropriately, this special moment in his career occurred in Guingamp, the club who didn't think much of him as a teenage player.
He made a couple of cameo appearances from the bench in the UEFA Nations League matches against Germany and Holland before Deschamps started him for the first time in the 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay in November
Of course, competition for places in the world champions' squad is intense, but Ndombele has been called up for the upcoming games against Bolivia, Turkey and Andorra.