Liverpool and Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign a top performer from PSV Eindhoven after he began pushing for a transfer and rejected West Ham, according to a report.
PSV began the season with a top squad that included impressive players such as Cody Gakpo, Xavi Simons, Ibrahim Sangare and Jarrad Branthwaite. But that core group of players could be decimated by the start of next term. And that process has already begun.
Erik ten Hag was hoping to sign Gakpo for Manchester United amid his electric form for both PSV and the Netherlands. But Liverpool marched in and stole the attacker from Man Utd’s grasp.
Gakpo moved to Anfield for an initial £35million, though the deal could eventually be worth £45m if certain conditions are met.
Simons was Gakpo’s partner in crime in the PSV attack. He has been tipped to follow Gakpo to England by joining Man Utd. Earlier this month, reports in Spain revealed how the Red Devils have scouted Simons on several occasions.
Branthwaite is on loan at the Eredivisie side from Everton. The centre-back has hinted he could join PSV on a permanent basis, although they may struggle to meet his valuation. Plus, some of Everton’s English rivals, including Man Utd and Liverpool, have begun casting admiring glances towards Branthwaite.
That leaves Sangare. The central midfielder committed his long-term future to PSV last summer by agreeing a new five-year contract.
However, 90Min now report that Sangare is preparing for a big transfer later this year. He is ‘ready to test himself in the Premier League’ and has told PSV officials he wants to be sold.
Liverpool or Arsenal can sign rising midfielder for £33m
Surprisingly, PSV have agreed to his demands and have said he can go as long as his €37m (£33m) release clause is met.
To get the potential exit moving, Sangare’s agent has told Liverpool and Arsenal that they can sign the 25-year-old as long as PSV’s valuation is met.
The only trouble for those two clubs is that Chelsea and Tottenham are also interested in snapping Sangare up.
West Ham attempted to get to his signature before those four teams. However, Sangare has rejected the Hammers as he believes he can shine for a team competing higher up the Premier League table.
Sangare is an intelligent and composed defensive midfielder who can provide great protection for the defence. As per WhoScored, he has registered more tackles per game than any other PSV player this season, with an average of 2.7.
Despite playing deep, the Ivorian can also get on the scoresheet for his side. He has chipped in with seven goals for PSV this campaign, as well as putting up three assists.
PSV manager Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has strong links with the Prem after his five-year spell at Man Utd, has already admitted Sangare could move on.
“Obviously he can handle [the Premier League],” Van Nistelrooy said during an interview with Voetbal International. “I have challenged him because I think Ibrahim can go to the top in England. He would also be great in Italy or Spain.
“I see players in his position there now and I think Ibrahim is definitely going to take a shot at that level.”