Tottenham in £25m bid for Frankfurt star seen as huge upgrade for Conte; Arsenal turn to rivals striker amid Gabriel Jesus frustration
Tottenham are preparing a firm offer to sign Filip Kostic with the player seen as a big upgrade on two players for Antonio Conte, Arsenal are ready to focus on Chelsea, while Sunday’s Transfer Gossip claim Fulham are looking to sign a Manchester departure United star.
FILIP KOSTIC SUBJECT OF TOTTENHAM’S BID
Tottenham are reportedly launching a £25million bid to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star Filip Kostic.
The mighty Wideman was the subject of scrutiny of Spurs in recent months as they look to strengthen their squad this summer. And the Serbian international was eyed again by Tottenham scouts in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Now, according to Daily Express, Tottenham are to launch a bid to sign the 29-year-old in the coming weeks.
Playing mostly on the wing, Kostic has seven goals and 15 assists this season. And he played a starring role in Frankfurt’s success in the Europa League, scoring three times and creating six goals in this competition alone. It was also his cross for Rafael Borre to score the equalizer in Wednesday’s final.
And it looks like Antonio Conte is confident he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
Able to play on both flanks or as a full-back, it is in this position that Conte wants to sign him.
He is seen as a potential upgrade to Sergio Reguillon or Ryan Sessegnon on the left side. He is seen as more powerful and direct than the two and also more than capable of adding to Spurs’ attacking effectiveness.
With just one year left on his contract, Frankfurt are vulnerable to being sold.
He lists Stuttgart and Hamburg among his former teams, but Kostic could be tempted by the opportunity of a Premier League move.
Spurs would also like Yannick Carrascowhich could do similar work in the bottom right.
ARSENAL FOCUS ON ARAMANDO BROJA
Arsenal are reportedly ready to pull out all the stops to land Armando Broja this summer.
The Albanian striker has made an impression during his season with Southampton, scoring nine goals in all competitions.
Although not the most prolific, at 20 he is seen as someone who will only get better the more he plays.
And with a route to Chelsea looking unlikely, the Blues appear open to selling him.
Indeed, Chelsea are reportedly looking to cash in around £25m this summer. And that price has apparently also alerted West Ham and Newcastle, who also love the powerful striker, claims Goal.
Southampton are also reportedly looking to make the move permanent.
However, Arsenal can have the upper hand if they make a concrete offer.
Mikel Arteta is on the hunt for another striker but efforts to sign Gabriel Jesus are proving difficult.
Manchester City are reportedly looking for around £55m for the Brazilian – a fee that seems too high given he’ll be out of contract in a year.
Besides, doubts have arisen over the striker’s desire to qualify for the Europa League.
As such, a move for Broja seems like the easier option for Arsenal, with the striker seen as a better fit in their system anyway.
FULHAM IN FOR NEMANJA MATIC
Fulham emerge as surprise suitors to sign Nemanja Matic this summer.
The veteran Serbian midfielder is leaving Manchester United after five seasons and has plenty of offers.
Atletico Madrid were initially linked as reports recently suggested a move to Rome is on the cards.
However, The sun claim Fulham are now firmly in contention for the player. They claim boss Marco Silva is trying to tempt the 33-year-old to stay in the Premier League.
And he wants to make him the heartbeat on their side. The Championship winners are looking to establish themselves in the Premier League next season.
They regularly yo-yo between divisions; the Cottagers apparently lack a bit of know-how in the top flight.
But Silva believes Matic could solve this problem and become an important addition to the Fulham side.
Leaving Old Trafford as a free agent, Fulham would not need to pay a fee. And they hope to tempt Matic with a living wage and the promise of first-team football.
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