Tottenham and Arsenal are set to face stiff competition from Manchester United in the pursuit of Djed Spence.
According to Mirror, Manchester United are ready to battle it out 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 joined the scene as well, hoping to snap up the youngster’s services in a cut-price deal.
The Red Devils, after all, are desperate for a new right-back in the summer in light of Aaron Wan-Bisska’s struggles with form. Diogo Dalot is staring at an uncertain future at the club as well, 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 suffered from injuries, while Mikel Arteta doesn’t have enough faith in Cedric Soares. It has prompted the Spaniard to target a more attack-minded right-back who can offer tactical versatility next season.
As for Tottenham, their interest in Spence stems from Antonio Conte’s lack of trust in Emerson Royal. The former FC Barcelona starlet has failed to live up to his expectations since joining the club last summer. It won’t be surprising to see the Brazilian leave the club in the summer, with Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan reportedly keen on his services.
Djed Spence could be an ideal solution for each of the three clubs, who are on the hunt 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 encounters. His creativity and ability to provide width out could be useful for any top-flight club.
Championship has proved to be a viable breeding ground for English talents in the past, with players like James Maddison, Reece James and Mason Mount earning their spurs in the second division before making an impact in the Premier League. It won’t be surprising to see Spence enjoy similar success, though it remains to be seen where the 21-year-old ends up in the summer.