Tottenham are reportedly looking to edge Arsenal in pursuit of former Liverpool star Suso, who has a £35 million release clause in his AC Milan contract.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Tottenham have reignited their interest in AC Milan winger Suso. Spurs are eager to sign the former Liverpool superstar in the summer transfer window, beating fierce local rivals Arsenal in the process.
Suso has come a long way since moving from Liverpool to AC Milan in January 2015. But, it wasn’t until the 2016-17 season that the player managed to establish himself as a mainstay in the first-team setup at San Siro. Since then, he has grown leaps and bounds, with the Spanish forward now an indispensable figure for the Rossoneri.
This season, Suso has featured in league football whenever he has been fit and available, with a healthy return of 5 goals and 8 assists in 22 appearances to show for his efforts. But, the report suggests that the presence of a £35 million release clause in his deal is piquing the interest of potential suitors, most notably Tottenham and Arsenal.
Tottenham boast one of the best first-choice starting elevens in the Premier League and beyond. But, if the prolonged absence of Dele Alli and Harry Kane has taught something, it is that they lack serious quality in depth, having depended heavily on Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen in recent weeks.
Signing a player like Suso could help beef up the squad with top class quality while also providing competition to the first-choice attackers. Also, with Eriksen’s future at the club being up in the air – Mauricio Pochettino has urged the Dane to stay put at Tottenham amid a contractual impasse – Suso might just be a decent replacement.
The interest from Arsenal, on the other hand, might be more straightforward, with Unai Emery bereft of a natural wide man in his squad. To that end, the Gunners have been linked with a few wingers recently, including Leandro Trossard, with Suso also a target now.
The 25-year-old’s addition could thus, go a long way in correcting the same, while also potentially enabling the manager to implement his system better. The fact that Suso could be bought at a reasonably priced £35 million makes him an appealing target for both Tottenham and Arsenal, who have been operating on a limited transfer budget of late.
But, Milan are keen on doing away with the release clause so as to keep hold of their prized possession. For now, the £35 million clause makes Suso an attractive target for both Tottenham and Arsenal, and it remains to be seen if the Spaniard makes his way to North London in the summer.