Tottenham plot another bold Liverpool transfer blow as Aston Villa prepare sensational raid
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We’re kicking off Tuesday’s Premier Leaguetransfer rumours at Old Trafford, where Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has emerged as an apparent target for Serie A giants Juventus. According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, the Swede is facing a precarious future in England, partially because his contract expires at the end of the season, and partially because Erik ten Hag is seemingly intent on bringing in another centre-back in the coming months.
As a consequence, Lindelof could be allowed to leave United sooner rather than later, and in the event of his departure, Juve are understood to be monitoring his situation closely. The 29-year-old has been with the Red Devils since 2017, when he signed from Benfica in a deal worth an initial £30.7 million, with a further £8.8 million in potential performance related add-ons.
The 3AM Verdict: No huge surprises here, in truth. Lindelof has never truly reached his full potential at Old Trafford, and is unquestionably low in the pecking order at the time of writing. With his contract running down and no indication that United have any interest in offering him an extension, this could be a case of moving on and drawing a line under his time in England.
Villa plot Ceballos move
Elsewhere, Aston Villa are ‘preparing an offer’ for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to XCatalunya. The Spaniard, who was formerly on the books at Arsenal, only signed a contract extension last year, but it is understood that there is a real possibility he could leave La Liga in the January transfer window.
For their part, Villa would be willing to spend as much as £15.5 million on the 27-year-old, with Unai Emery eager to build on a promising start to the new campaign by reinforcing his squad ahead of a potential European run during the second half of the season.
The 3AM Verdict: There’s no doubting Ceballos’ quality as a player, even if he didn’t exactly light the Premier League up during his previous stint in England. At 27, he is at the peak of his powers, and were Villa able to snap him up for around £15 million, then it would surely represent another inspired piece of business for Emery’s men.
Spurs eye Kelly
And finally, Tottenham could look to make a move for Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly, according to an update from football.london’s Alasdair Gold. Spurs have been linked with the Cherries captain for some time now, and may look to reignite their interest in the coming weeks as they aim to add more cover at the back.
For his part, Kelly is out of contract next summer, and there is a feeling that he could be prised away from the Vitality Stadium in the January transfer window. Writing during a Q&A, Gold said: ‘Kelly will certainly be one of the defenders they look at. Postecoglou made it clear when I asked after the window shut that he was short at centre-back now. Kelly’s contract situation, with just nine months or so left on his deal, marks him out as a good homegrown option for a mid-season swoop and he fits Postecoglou’s system.’
The 3AM Verdict: Kelly would be a fantastic signing for Spurs. A burgeoning talent entering the prime of his career with plenty of potential, the Bournemouth star is both versatile and authorative at the back. He genuinely has the feel of a player who will end up at a top six club sooner rather than later, and if you require any further proof of that, you need only look at