Tottenham look set to beat rivals Arsenal to the signing of a £35m Milan star, while Man City rejected a trio of clubs in their efforts to sign Phil Foden, according to Friday’s papers.
TOTTENHAM SET TO WIN RACE FOR £35M ATTACKER
Tottenham are reportedly set to beat rivals Arsenal to sign AC Milan attacking midfielder Suso, who has a £35million price tag.
The 25-year-old Spain international has enjoyed an excellent season so far, scoring six goals and providing eight assists in 26 appearances in all competitions.
The report in the Daily Mirror claims that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has a long-standing interest in the versatile forward, who can also play on the right wing.
Suso, however, has three seasons left on his current contract and also has a release clause of £35million – although it’s reported that Milan want to remove that clause, as they believe it is way too low.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is also a big admirer of the former Liverpool man, although it’s stated that Tottenham are shopwan admirer but the interest of Spurs is understood to be stronger.
Suso made his Liverpool debut as a teenager in 2012 but was loaned out to Almeria before joining Milan in 2015.
But he admitted admitted earlier this year that he would return to the Premier League, if given the chance.
Suso said: “Premier League football is different, I would call it special. I would like to play for Liverpool again someday.
“I grew up there and it is a big club.”
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