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After a pulsating climax to the Premier League season, the transfer window is now officially finally open for business. Throughout everything of the summer, my column will probably be back every Tuesday morning on Express Sport at 9am, where you may read all about what is going on on at your club – in the identical place. Do not forget to subscribe to our day by day transfer newsletter, whilst you can too keep posted with updates on my Twitter account @RyanTaylorSport and YouTube channel here…
Tottenham to supply £20m for Djed Spence
As reported on June 5 on Express Sport, Tottenham are set to firm up their interest in Djed Spence with a £20million bid for the marauding 21-year-old Middlesbrough right-back.
Spurs are increasingly confident they’ll pip Nottingham Forest to a deal, with the Premier League recent boys already exploring alternative targets including Manchester City’s Issa Kabore and Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Spence has been away on international duty with England U21s but a gap offer is now anticipated following the conclusion of Lee Carsley’s side’s schedule.
There’s optimism £20m can be enough to strike an instantaneous agreement with Boro, who will reinvest that figure into their squad to launch one other promotion push under manager Chris Wilder.
Should Spurs achieve success of their attempts to land Spence, Tottenham are expected to contemplate offers for Emerson Royal lower than a yr after signing the Brazilian from Barcelona in a £26m deal.
Tottenham are expected to submit a £20m offer for Djed Spence
Everton concerned about Levi Colwill
Everton are amongst an extended list of contenders concerned about signing Chelsea’s highly-rated teenage centre-back Levi Colwill.
The Blues are yet to make a choice on the long run of the 19-year-old, who could yet be a part of Thomas Tuchel’s first-team squad next season at Stamford Bridge following a formidable loan spell with Huddersfield.
Colwill has attracted the eye of several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Southampton, Leicester, Fulham and Brighton, but ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to push for a summer deal despite the recent capture of James Tarkowski from Burnley.
Chelsea are expected to solid an eye fixed over Colwill in pre-season before entertaining any proposals they receive for the player.
A everlasting sale seems unlikely at this stage but a Premier League loan with assurances of standard playing time could possibly be of giant appeal, providing Tuchel doesn’t keep hold of his defensive gem.
The Toffees must also consider that they’ll only loan one player from fellow Premier League clubs with Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour also of interest.
Everton wish to upgrade their options at centre-back and can entertain offers for injury-prone Yerry Mina this summer.
Steven Bergwijn poker, Moura keen to remain
Steven Bergwijn is decided to return to Holland with Ajax this summer however the Eredivisie champions are reluctant to match Tottenham’s £25m-£26m asking price.
Spurs are keen to recoup the £26.7m fee they paid PSV Eindhoven for the winger in January 2020 but Ajax are yet to lift their offer from £17m.
Louis van Gaal has urged the player to affix Ajax “as soon as possible” to be able to maximise his possibilities of making Holland’s World Cup squad for Qatar but Spurs are continuing to play hardball as they await a serious proposal.
Other clubs have now entered the fray, as confirmed by Bergwijn while away on international duty. He told De Telegraaf: “Several clubs have come forward. Now I just have to seek out an answer for myself that advantages each parties. I’m leaving.”
Everton have been mooted as realistic suitors and Tottenham’s interest in Richarlison proposes the hypothetical prospect of a possible swap deal.
But Ajax remain Bergwijn’s preferred destination of selection, as he waits patiently for the Dutch champions to return to the table with an improved offer.
Lucas Moura can also be keen to see out the ultimate two years of his Tottenham contract, although Spurs can be willing to hearken to offers for the 29-year-old Brazilian, providing the cash was right.
Tottenham are able to sell Steven Bergwijn but Ajax might want to raise their offer
Lucas Torreira wants Fiorentina return
Arsenal have gotten increasingly frustrated with Fiorentina of their attempts to sign Lucas Torreira on a everlasting basis.
The Uruguayan international, who has only one yr remaining on his current deal in north London, enjoyed a wonderful loan spell with La Viola last season in Serie A – winning three of the club’s Player of the Month awards.
Fiorentina had initially agreed a £13m choice to buy Torreira as a part of the initial loan agreement but resulting from limited funds, they’re yet to trigger the clause.
As an alternative, Fiorentina have offered a mere £6m/£7m which has been dismissed by disenchanted Arsenal chiefs.
Torreira has laid on record that his preference is to rejoin Fiorentina permanently but unless they raise their offer, he could possibly be forced to explore other avenues.
“My idea is to remain at Fiorentina, but when [a move] doesn’t occur, I’ll seek for a club where I can play frequently,” the 26-year-old said.
“I’m not excited about anything in the mean time, I need to rest a bit since it was a busy season. I’ll meet my agent at the precise time and we’ll make the perfect decision.”
Arsenal have already handed attacker Gabriel Martinelli Torreira’s No 11 shirt for the 2022/23 season and the Gunners remain set on selling the combative midfielder this summer.
Arsenal are able to sell Lucas Torreira but they’re yet to receive an appropriate offer
Fulham’s Strakosha deal stalls
Fulham were initially confident of completing the signing of Albanian international goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha on a free transfer from Lazio before the move hit an unexpected snag.
Express Sport understands that super-agent Pini Zahavi, who had been working on the Cottagers’ deal to sign one other client Manor Solomon from Shakhtar Donetsk with fellow representative Shlomy Ben Ezra, became reluctant to broker a transfer for Strakosha following the initial collapse of the Israeli international winger’s move to west London.
Back in April, Solomon had agreed to affix Fulham for around £6.4m (Shakhtar were also set to receive 15 per cent future sale profit) before complications put the deal prone to collapse.
The unwanted knock-on effect for Fulham was that their separate move for Strakosha also stalled resulting from tensions between the 2 parties behind the scenes.
While the 27-year-old shot-stopper stays considered one of several goalkeeper targets for Marco Silva, he could now move elsewhere because the Cottagers proceed dialogue with Arsenal over the potential signing of Bernd Leno.
Fulham have now revived their deal to sign Solomon though and the 22-year-old is predicted to seal his move to Craven Cottage as soon as this week. Whether that reignites their possibilities of landing Strakosha, stays to be seen.
Fulham were seeking to sign Thomas Strakosha from Lazio before a transfer deal stalled
Aston Villa to lean on Michael Beale
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is predicted to prioritise loaning the club’s best young players to QPR this summer, following the appointment of his former assistant Michael Beale at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Beale, who has been replaced by former Blackpool boss Neil Critchley at Villa Park, was an integral a part of Gerrard’s backroom staff and had previously been described by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as a “second manager” resulting from his influence on the group.
Now Beale has opted to pursue his own managerial enterprise within the Championship and Villa are expected to offer him with a helping hand, should he want to sign any of the club’s talented young stars.
That features England U-21 international Cameron Archer, who has not been in need of interest after rattling in seven goals in 20 appearances on loan at Preston within the second half of last season.
Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Tim Iroegbunam, Kaine Keller Hayden, Louie Barry and Keinan Davis (there may be also serious interest from Nottingham Forest) could also potentially be up for grabs, although Villa are seemingly reluctant to rush into any decisions.
Gerrard wants to watch the likes of Archer and Iroegbunam in pre-season before deciding whether to send them out on loan, as there may be widespread confidence they’ve what it takes to make the grade with the primary team.
Subsequently, potential moves may only materialise within the closing stages of the summer transfer window.