Giant defender bound for England as Tottenham, Everton bids submitted

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Tottenham and Everton have submitted bids to sign Fenerbahce center-back Kim Min-jae, who is bound for England, while Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk claims that Newcastle have stepped up their bid to sign Atletico star Yannick Carrasco.

SPURS, EVERTON TARGET HEADING TO ENGLAND

Reports in Turkey claim that Fenerbahce center-back Kim Min-jae is ‘traveling to England’ after Tottenham and Everton tabled bids for his services.

The highly-rated defender, who is an international teammate of Son Heung-min, only joined the Super Lig giants last August from Beijing Guoan in a deal worth an estimated £ 2.5million.

But the 25-year-old has since established himself as of the division’s best players last and is expected to move on to bigger things.

Spurs were actually keen on a deal for Kim before he moved to Turkey and have maintained their interest.

Having now viewed the player in action for a full season in Europe, it appears that Tottenham and Everton are ready to make their moves.

Indeed, Turkish newspaper Sabah claims the 6ft 3in defender is ready to head to England to complete a Premier League move.

The report adds that the offers from England are in excess of £ 17m, which is likely to tempt Fenerbahce into a sale.

And while they are loathed to sell, they are aware that sort of figure could fund their summer transfer business.

Son links give Tottenham advantage in Kim chase

There is no mention of Kim’s preference for his next club. However, the fact that Son has pushed the player’s cause at Spurs appears to hint that he could end up in London.

Much will depend though on how Spurs get on in their chase for Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni.

The Italy star is known to be first choice for Antonio Conte, although Inter are likely to be tough nuts to crack.

Kim would certainly be the cheaper option but Bastoni comes with more pedigree and has been playing in a tougher league.

TOON STEP UP CARRASCO BID

Yannick Carrasco, Renan Lodi, Atletico Madrid, April 2022.

Newcastle have stepped up their chase for Atletico Madrid midfielder Yannick Carrasco. (Ekrem Konur)

Romelu Lukaku has snubbed an opportunity to be reunited with Antonio Conte at Tottenham. (Calciomercato)

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Bayern Munich are being heavily linked with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, but PSG also form part of the race. (Picture)

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is being lined up as a transfer target for Serie A giants Juventus. (Sports Courier)

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes is fully aware of interest from Juventus. However, the Gunners will hold out for a reasonable fee. (UOL)

Manchester United are to be presented with an opportunity to sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. (El Chiringuito)

CITY STEP CLOSER TO CUCURELLA DEAL

Marc Cucurella playing for Brighton

Manchester City have moved “one step closer” to completing a deal for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella. (El Desmarque)

Real Madrid could be priced out of a move for Aurelien Tchouameni with PSG willing to offer AS Monaco € 10 million for the midfielder. (Brand)

Newcastle have reached an agreement with Stade de Reims to sign striker Hugo Ekitike for € 36m. (Foot Market)

AC Milan are keen to sign Nicolo Zaniolo. They’ve submitted an offer of both cash and Alexis Saelemaekers for the Roma star. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui is eager to sign Real Madrid playmaker Isco this summer. (AS)

MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP

Sevilla are targeting Duje Caleta-Car of Marseille, Jason Denayer of Lyon and Alexander Djiku of Strasbourg after losing Diego Carlos to Aston Villa, while doubts also continue over Jules Kounde’s future. (Mundo Deportivo)

AC Milan are interested in signing Mario Gotze and can do so for just £ 3.4m- £ 4.2m by triggering his release clause.

New Barcelona signing Pablo Torre says he turned down a bigger offer from Real Madrid. (Adri Contreras)

Maurizio Sarri will sign a contract extension at Lazio. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

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