Transfer gossip: Spurs want Arsenal’s Guendouzi as Man Utd chase ‘next Frenkie de Jong’

Tottenham have joined Villa and West Ham in the race for the former Arsenal mifielder, while Man Utd may finally give up hope of signing the actual Frenkie de Jong by landing the ‘new’ one.

Matteo Guendouzi left the Premier League under a cloud but looks increasingly likely to return this summer, with Tottenham reportedly joining the race to sign him.

It’s not a hugely positive omen that Spurs appear to be maneuvering to sign players when they don’t have a manager, or indeed appear to be any closer to hiring one, but it’s not as if Guendouzi is a polarising character…

He was jettisoned from Arsenal by Mikel Arteta due to a history of issues with his “attitude and general conduct”, with his post-match altercation with Neal Maupay in June 2020 the final straw for the the Gunners.

He was loaned to Hertha Berlin later that year before another loan to Marseille and then a permanent £10m move to the French side.

He’s thrived in Ligue 1 but has found himself out of favour in recent weeks, fuelling rumours that the French giants could cash in if the price is right, with Guendouzi admitting in a recent press conference that he feels “powerless” at his current situation.

A report over the weekend claimed West Ham were keen on the 24-year-old as a replacement for Declan Rice, but journalist Mohamed Toubache claims Spurs also ‘desire’ Guendouzi.

Toubache adds though that Aston Villa hold ‘two major advantages’ in their bid to land the midfielder – Unai Emery, whom Guendouzi worked under at Arsenal, and Boubacar Kamara, who played with Guendouzi at Marseille before leaving for Villa last summer.

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Manchester United may well finally give up hope of signing the actual Frenkie de Jong as they’ve apparently uncovered the ‘new’ one.

16-year-old Sverre Nypan is pulling up trees for the Norway U17s and recently broke into the Rosenborg first team, scoring against league leaders Bodo/Glimt over the weekend.

Likened to De Jong because of ‘his ability to retain the ball under pressure and move his side up the pitch with slick dribbling’, United face a fight to land the teenager with top clubs in Germany, Holland and Belgium all keen on a move, according to The Sun.

“His touch on the ball and calmness mean that the coaches don’t feel stressed at all, and they probably need to check his passport to see if he is actually 16-years-old,” TV2 analyst Petter Bo Tosterud explained to Nettavisen.

“He is probably shorter than most of the others on the pitch and 50 kilograms lighter than them. But every time a team-mate plays a pass to him, they feel they are making a safe choice. That is perhaps what makes him stand out. He is young, but you can trust him.”

Paris Saint-Germain Football Advisor (whatever that means) Luis Campos is ‘advancing on two seductive tracks’ according to Mercato, as he looks to sign either Victor Osimhen or Harry Kane for the French giants.

On Kane, the report adds: ‘A meeting between the entourage of the English star of Tottenham and Luis Campos has also taken place in recent days to test the waters on the real desires and desires of departure of the star of the Spurs.’

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