Italian giants Juventus and Napoli are set for a battle to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s our-of-favour right-back Kieran Trippier.
The Daily Mirror has reported that new Juve boss Maurizio Sarri has identified Trippier as one of his first signings for the perennial Serie A champions. It is thought he was impressed by him when he was boss of Chelsea.
Napoli have previously been reported to be interested in the 28-year-old and are thought to have already opened talks with the player and his representatives.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has indicated he would be prepared to sell Trippier for the right price – thought to be about £28 million – as he has cover at the position. French international Serge Aurier and promising home-grown player Kyle Walker-Peters are both vying for the right-back position.
Trippier could be tempted by a move to Italy. Both sides are in next season’s Champions League, although an extra pull to Juventus could be the presence of former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey.
Champions League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur are planning to strengthen their side and have already had bids rejected for Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.
Spurs haven’t signed a player for 18 months, but boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to change that this summer. The Argentine has said that he wants the club to show that they match his ambition and are prepared to make heavy investment in the squad if they are to keep progressing.
He has also hinted that he could walk away from Spurs if they don’t show the necessary commitment.
But, with the money from their Champions League run, a place in next season’s competition and increased revenues from their new stadium, Spurs can now invest in the playing staff.
Betis playmaker Lo Celso has earned rave reviews in Spain and could be seen as a replacement should Christian Eriksen leave.
Meanwhile Ndombele is the sort of defensive midfielder that Spurs need.
The Daily Mirror reported that Spurs have bod for both, and seen those bids rejected. Both would likely cost £35 million plus, which shows the level Spurs are working at.
It is expected they will make further bids during the summer. However, they will likely face competition from other Premier League clubs as well was top clubs in continental Europe for the signature of both players.
Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic has dropped a huge hint that he could join a Premier League club this summer.
The striker has impressed for the German side in the Bundesliga and Europa League this season. However, with Eintracht missing out on qualification for next season’s Champions League his is widely expected to depart for pastures new this summer.
Jovic, 21, has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid as part of manager Zinedine Zidane’s rebuilding of the side.
However, in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Jovic talked about how the physical style of the Premier League and Serie A would suit his game. Significantly, he didn’t mention La Liga as a potential destination.
The Serbian international has been linked with Chelsea in the past. However, given they are currently under a 2-window transfer ban, that avenue is unlikely to be pursued, unless the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturns the ruling.
If Chelsea are out of the running, there will be no shortage of Premier League rivals who would be interested. With suggestions Jovic could be available for £52 million, then clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur would likely be interested in doing a deal. If that were the case, Jovic may be tempted to join City or Spurs, who can offer Champions League football next season.
Tottenham Hotspur are plotting to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek this summer as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen, according to reports.
Van de Beek scored for Ajax against Spurs in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final last week but has been impressive for the Dutch side all season.
The Mirror speculate that Spurs could see him as a replacement for Christian Eriksen, should he leave the club this summer. The Dane has one year left on his deal and has yet to sign a new one, so the club could decide to cash in this summer, rather than risk him leaving for nothing in 2020. Real Madrid are widely rumoured to be interested in signing him.
Spurs have been quoted a price of £45 million for van de Beek, 22, which is well within their price range.
However, they are likely to face stiff competition for van de Beek. Scouts from top European clubs have descended on Amsterdam this season, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Of course, it isn’t certain that van de Beek will want to leave Ajax. He is a product of their youth system and may want to stay on, especially if they reach the final or even win the Champions League this season.
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