Tottenham and Arsenal face stiff competition from Manchester United in their pursuit of Djed Spence.
According to Mirror, Manchester United are ready to do battle with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Djed Spence. The Middlesbrough defender, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, is one of the most sought-after players in the Second Division, with many expecting him to join a Premier League side next season.
Spence himself has shown his desire to play in the top flight which has put a number of clubs on red alert. Arsenal and Tottenham’s interest in the player was already well documented, but it appears Manchester United have also joined the scene, hoping to secure the youngster’s services on a cut-price deal .
The Red Devils, after all, are desperate for a new right-back this summer in light of Aaron Wan-Bisska’s struggles with form. Diogo Dalot also faces an uncertain future at the club, amid interest from AS Roma.
Arsenal are another club looking to enrich their options in the right-back department. Their new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has struggled with injuries, while Mikel Arteta doesn’t have enough faith in Cedric Soares. This has prompted the Spaniard to target a more attacking right-back who can provide tactical versatility next season.
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As for Tottenham, their interest in Spence stems from Antonio Conte’s lack of trust in Emerson Royal. The former FC Barcelona star hasn’t lived up to his expectations since joining the club last summer. It will come as no surprise to see the Brazilian leave the club this summer, with both Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan reportedly keen on his services.
Djed Spence could be an ideal fit for each of the three clubs, who are looking for a right-back this summer. The 21-year-old has shown immense promise on loan at Nottingham this season, racking up two goals and five assists in 32 league appearances. His creativity and ability to provide width could be useful to any top club.
The Championship has proven to be a viable breeding ground for English talent in the past, with the likes of James Maddison, Reece James and Mason Mount earning their spurs in the Second Division before making an impact in the Premier League. It will come as no surprise to see Spence achieve similar success, although it remains to be seen where the 21-year-old ends up this summer.