Rodrigo Bentancur has been linked with a move away from Juventus this summer, but according to the Italian club’s director of sport Fabio Paratici his intention is to stay. Spurs and Aston Villa are both said to be interested in signing him.
Aston Villa and Tottenham are both eyeing Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur. The Uruguayan midfielder is a highly sought-after player and is currently valued at around £30m. Read more in detail here: aston villa schedule.
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Spurs and Villa are both interested in Bentancur.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are vying for Juventus defensive midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.
Villa manager Steven Gerrard is anxious to add Bentancur to his team to provide competition for Douglas Luiz, with the club allegedly proposing the Uruguayan £16.5 million plus £4 million in incentives. Juve turned down the Villans’ offer because they demanded a sum of roughly £21 million up front.
Both teams aren’t far apart in their estimations, according to Sky, however Tottenham would prefer a loan until the end of the season. Juve prefers a long-term deal and is holding out for a higher price since any deal for Bentancur would result in 30 percent of the revenue going to his previous club Boca Juniors.
Bentancur joined Juventus for £8 million from Argentinian club Boca Juniors in 2017, and his current deal will expire in the summer of 2024.
Tottenham and Aston Villa are both interested in Rodrigo Bentancur. Getty Images/Nicol2 Campo/LightRocket
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– According to Sky Sports, West Ham United is one of the teams interested in signing Leeds United winger Raphinha. Leeds, on the other hand, are in discussions to extend the Brazilian’s contract beyond 2024, when his present term expires. Raphinha, who joined the Premier League from Rennes in 2020, has scored eight goals and made two assists this season. Hugo Ekitike of Reims has eight goals in 10 league appearances this season, and the Hammers are keen in signing him. The 19-year-old, who was also a target for Newcastle early in the year, is expected to fetch £25 million for the French club.
– If Fabrizio Romano is to be believed, Leeds will be in for a hectic few days, with winger Crysencio Summerville set to be replaced by Takumi Minamino. Hamburg is one among the teams interested in signing Leeds’ 20-year-old winger Summerville, and talks between the two clubs are thought to have begun. If that’s the case, Minamino should be a target for Leeds if and when Luis Diaz joins Liverpool. Under Jurgen Klopp, the twenty-seven-year-old Japanese winger has been on the fringe, and with Diaz’s arrival, his prospects of playing first-team football are set to dwindle even more.
– Internazionale are in the process of updating their roster, and according to Calciomercato, Brazilian centre-back Bremer is next on their list. I Nerrazzurri are aiming to add Bremer’s experience playing in a back three to their defensive options next season after bringing in Robin Gosens and maybe Felipe Caicedo on loan. Inter’s first port of call is Bremer, whose contract expires in 2023, with Stefan de Vrij slated to leave at the conclusion of the season.
– An update on ESPN’s story on Thursday that Tottenham had quickly moved their focus to Juventus’ Dejan Kulusevski after losing out on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore. Spurs have offered Kulusevski a loan contract with a purchase option clause, according to Fabrizio Romano. Tottenham had hoped for a six-month loan arrangement, whilst Juventus would want to have the option put into any deal as a safety net. Tottenham is expected to fund all of the Swede’s salary, followed by a €40 million fee at the conclusion of the season, according to the Italians. The discussions are still going on.
– Liverpool is the team to beat. According to the Mirror, Fulham manager Marco Silva has said that Carvalho will not leave the club in January. The 19-year-old has been in outstanding form this season, scoring seven goals in 16 games, and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken notice. The teenage winger’s current contract expires in June, although Fulham would be entitled to a fee for training him. Silva, on the other hand, is hell-bent on becoming the manager who gets Carvalho first-team play in the top division.
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