Emirates and White Hart Lane sides keen on Udinese midfielder who’s valuation would have to significantly reduce before a deal can be done.
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North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have both entered the race to sign Udinese’s highly-rated midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, say Metro.
The Ghana international lit up last summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa with a series of glittering displays as the ‘Super Eagles’ made it all the way to the last eight of the tournament, and the 22 year old has since continued his outstanding form in Serie A with Udinese this season, leading to interest from a whole host of clubs from across Europe.
And, the player’s agent has now confirmed that several Premier League clubs, believed to include both Arsenal and Tottenham, have now joined big-spending Manchester City in the queue to sign the £25 million-rated striker.
“I cannot deny that there are several clubs interested,” Claudio Vagheggi said.
OK first off, Arsene Wenger is of course not in the habit of spending sums this high, let alone for players who really are not worth such a fee and whilst Harry Redknapp appears to enjoy transfer windows like young children enjoy sweets, this deal will only come to fruition if the valuation placed on Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is at least halved by an Udinese side who is also seemingly looking to cash in on Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez.
The 22 year old Accra born midfielder has taken well to life in Italy and now in his third season in Serie A it seems that Europe’s elite are starting to take notice and his performances for his national team at the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa also helped boost his reputation.
Whilst Arsenal boss Wenger likes to pick up lesser known lights and turn them into household names he tends to do so on the cheap so any move for Asamoah will only occur if the price comes down. The Gunners manager is reportedly considering offloading a number of under performing squad players with the likes of Denilson, Nicklas Bendtner, Manuel Almunia and even Andrei Arshavin being linked with summer moves.
Tottenham boss has stated on a few occasions his desire to strengthen his midfield and is also looking to cash in on those players he seldom uses and moves to sell Robbie Keane, David Bentley, Niko Krankcar, Alan Hutton, Jermaine Jenas and Roman Pavlyuchenko would help provide funds for summer additions and chairman Daniel Levy wants the White Hart Lane squad trimmed before he gets out his chequebook.
Manchester City are also said to be interested and clearly as money is no object at Eastlands then Udinese may have more luck getting their valuation met by Roberto Mancini’s side.