Middlesbrough full-back Djed Spence is attracting interest from the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga, according to reports.
Spence is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Boro, where he has established himself as one of the best young talents in the Championship this season.
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And his performances sparked interest from Arsenal and Tottenhamin particular, with Bayern Munich also being added to the transfer mixer.
Arsenal currently have Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cedric Soares as right-back options, but with the latter turning 31 this year, Spence could be a long-term option for Mikel Arteta.
Tottenham, on the other hand, have Matt Doherty, who recently turned 30, as well as Emerson Royal, who signed for the north Londoners last summer.
Interest in the defender doesn’t end there, however. Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenburg (story via sports witness) claims that at least 12 teams are “wooing” him.
Plettenburg says “seven top clubs” in the Premier League, including Spurs and Manchester City, are interested.
Update #Spence: #FCBayern is always interested! Further discussions are planned for this month. The player wants a decision in April/May. Price to pay: 10-15 million euros! In addition to FCB, 7 major PL clubs would court him (including #ManCity & #COYS) + 2 clubs 🇪🇸 + BVB, Leipzig. @SkySportNews
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 7, 2022
Spence wants a decision to be made in ‘April/May’ with the 21-year-old being valued at between €10m and €15m by Middlesbrough.
The German journalist adds that RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and two Spanish clubs are also watching the Englishman.
Meanwhile, the Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte says he deserves to be at a club that fights for trophies.
Spurs are doomed to another trophyless season after an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough as they are underdogs in the Premier League top-four race.
“Now it’s a new challenge for me,” said the Italian – who joined Spurs last November.
“Of course you need patience and you know right now you can’t fight for something important, for what I used to do in my past and I think I deserved to do so in the past,” he said, casting more doubt on his possible longevity at the club.
“I deserved to stay and fight to win the league, to win trophies, because someone gave me something in my career.”