Tottenham and Manchester City will need to alter their plans on deadline day as their reported pursuits of Nantes’ Bastien Meupiyou are not set to result in a deal being reached. Both sides are keen to acquire the services of the teenager, with other Ligue 1 outfits monitoring his situation closely.
Spurs have been one of the busiest Premier League sides in the transfer window, with Ange Postecoglou welcoming both Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin to his squad. Tottenham remain in the market for reinforcements as well, with the club on the lookout for the opportunity to bolster their midfield ranks and improve their defensive depth.
In contrast, City have enjoyed a more low-key month. Pep Guardiola’s side have opted to lay the foundations for future success by targeting youngsters, securing the signatures of teenagers Claudio Echeverri and Alex Alcala.
Further acquisitions for both teams should not be ruled out in the final hours of deadline day, though they will need to divert their attention away from centre-back Meupiyou. According to RMC Sport, Nantes are not willing to allow the 17-year-old to leave the club this month, despite interest from Spurs and City.
Although the defender is ruled out for the next few weeks due to an injury sustained at the Under-17 World Cup, the talented Frenchman is in high demand and clubs around Europe are keen to strike a deal to acquire his services before his transfer valuation soars even further.
Ligue 1 side RC Lens are said to have seen an offer for Meupiyou rejected already this month, with Nantes not keen to entertain any further bids when there is such little time in the window for a replacement to be identified and pursued.