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Friday, 31 March 2017

After news from Italy and Spain comes news from France


Periodically I bring news of players we are scouting and one position we are actively looking at is centre-back. Yesterday it was 25-year-old (26 in May)  Eiber centre-back Florian Lejeune, who has a release clause of £8.57 million (€10m - AUS$13.96m - US$10.69m).

Today I have brought you news from the Italian press (Transfer Talk) and now it is the turn of French newspaper L’Equipe. They report that both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have sent scouts to see 20-year-old (21 next January) Toulouse central defender Issa Diop.

The French Under-21 international, he has 4 caps after gaining 20 at Under-19 level, has played 23 times in Ligue 1 this season plus one cup game. In the league he has scored twice and had a further two assists.

Manchester City, Portuguese side Porto and Italians Roma are said to be battling to sign him also, which basically means they are all scouting him and have him on their list of possible targets, perhaps if other options don't come off. It is never as cut and dried as the press would have you believe.

Diop, who is expected to be playing for France in the Under-20 World Cup this summer, was the subject of an £9.41 million (€11m - AUS$15.38m - US$11.76m) bid last summer from newly promoted RB Leipzig, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga. They are expected to try and sign him again at the end of the season.

Toulouse will offer the youngster the captaincy next season in an effort to keep him and Diop is in no rush to leave, but does appreciate he will have to at some stage to progress his career.

Further THBN Reading
Spurs eyeing French centre-back
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Dembele turns down £100K a week
Spurs bid £17.35m for striker, agent denies any talks
Mourinho waiting on Alderweireld contract talks
Edwards needs time to develop at Spurs

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