Perennial Serie A champions Juventus are plotting to sign Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen on a free transfer next summer, according to reports.
Dane Eriksen, 27, has been the subject of much transfer speculation this summer as he has one year left on his Spurs contract and does not appear willing to sign a new deal.
While the English transfer window closed last week, it remains open in Europe for several weeks, so Eriksen could leave the club in the next few weeks. Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Juventus are all thought to be interested in a deal.
However, if Eriksen stays put in London at the end of this window, then Juve could play the long game and wait until he is out of contract and then sign him for nothing in June 2020. Eriksen could sign a pre-contract agreement from January.
This is a tried-and-tested tactic from the Turin-based side. In recent years they have signed Liverpool’s Emre Can, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot for nothing after their contracts expired.
But Spurs will be doing everything in their power to get Eriksen to stay. It has been reported they are offering him a £200,000 a week deal. His importance to Spurs was demonstrated at the weekend; they were 0-1 down to Aston Villa until Eriksen was introduced as a substitute, inspiring the team to score 3 in the final 15 minutes of the match.
Tottenham Hotspur want to re-sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer – but the Welshman’s wages could scupper any deal, according to reports.
Spurs are thought to be willing to pay £54 million to bring Bale back to London. It is also though Madrid would be happy to sell him for that price.
However, a potential sticking point is the 29-year-old’s wages, reported to be £600,000 a week. Spurs bosses have baulked at that, saying they could only afford around half that figure.
Bale has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu since Zinedine Zidane returned as manager. Indeed, the Frenchman has made it clear that the player is not part of his plans for next season.
While Bale is reportedly happy to stay in Madrid and see out the remaining three years on his contract, Madrid would be happy to sell. The fee would come in handy to help balance the books, with Zidane having already spent north of £300 million on new players this summer, with hopes for more. Clearing him off the wage bill would also help.
A move back to Spurs, where he made his name, would make sense for Bale – he is still adored by the fans and they will be competing for the Premier League and Champions League titles again next season.
Tottenham Hotspur are set to break their transfer record by signing Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for £60 million.
Spurs have been chasing Ndombele – who has been dubbed ‘the new Kanye’ by some – for some time but Lyon we’re refusing to do business until they had signed a replacement. However, now the Ligue Un side have signed Jean Lucas from Flamengo they are prepared to do business.
Lyon’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, seems resigned to losing him. He confirmed that the player wants to leave and that big clubs in Europe are after him.
Ndombele has developed a reputation as one of the best young defensive midfielders in Europe, starring for Lyon as they finished third in Ligue Un and breaking into the France squad.
Lyon want £70 million for the 22-year-old but Spurs believe they can get him for closer to £60 million.
Should Ndombele join Spurs, it could see Victor Wanyama depart as he maybe seen as surplus to requirements.
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.
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