Spurs linked with stunning £86m transfer swoop as talented striker drops Arsenal hint

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The latest Premier League transfer rumours features news for fans of Spurs, Arsenal and Everton.

It’s time for Tuesday’s dose of the latest Premier League transfer rumours, and we start at Tottenham Hotspur, because Sport Witness have stumbled across some reports from Portugal which suggest that they’re in the market for a striker who could be worth as much as €100m (£86m).

The forward in question is Porto’s Evanilson, the Brazilian who hit 17 goals in 34 games this season and is noted as a very cool and collected finisher with a lovely first touch and tremendous awareness in the penalty area – and has also drawn praise from his coach, Sergio Conceição, for his attitude and work ethic.

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The report does note that the Portuguese media are likely getting carried away with a claim that he would cost €100m (which is his release clause), describing that sum as “a little too ambitious” given that there you can start looking at players like Viktor Gyökeres at that price point, but there’s little reason to believe that Spurs aren’t doing their due diligence on the 24-year-old – whilst presumably hoping that they can negotiate the price down a little bit.

The 3AM Verdict: Spurs have been strongly linked with quite a few forwards at this point – Feyenoord’s Santiago Giménez was spotted at their stadium recently, and a few outlets claim they’re looking at Ivan Toney too – and it’s evident that Ange Postecoglou wants to sign a number nine. Evanilson is a good option for a fox-in-the-box type player but he’s not all that likely to be a 20-goal striker, and he surely isn’t worth €100m. Whether a deal for him would be good or not really comes down to how much they’d have to pay, and that’s far too much.

Ajax star drops Arsenal hint

Spurs’ crosstown rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, are going round in circles on their own striker search. They had wanted Viktor Gyökeres but he looks likely to stay at Sporting now, they’ve cooled on Ivan Toney, Benjamin Šeško may be offered a new contract extension at RB Leipzig and the club seem to have yet to decide on their next best option. But TeamTalk thinks they might have a new name in mind.

Ajax striker Brian Brobbey, 22, has scored 22 goals in 43 games this season and generally been one of the shining lights of what we can politely call a tricky season in Amsterdam – and when asked in an interview about his dream club, he quickly answered “Arsenal” who are, apparently, “a very nice club.” Admittedly, he also said “but that applies to Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid” too, as he rapidly covered his pre-transfer window bases, but apparently he’s said that Arsenal is his first choice destination before.

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The 3AM Verdict: Apparently Ajax have no intention of selling him, but there’s little doubt that their arm could be twisted by a sufficiently substantial offer – but the article doesn’t really say anything which suggests that the Gunners are seriously interested in him. To be honest, at this point, it isn’t remotely clear which strikers they are interested in. Another season of Kai Havertz up front, anyone?

Toffees to fill Branthwaite’s boots with familiar face

Everton are stepping up their preparations for next season by figuring out what to do if and when their talented and towering young centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite moves on – and according to Caught Offside, they may be in the market for a defender we all remember quite well.

Davinson Sánchez has a largely indifferent spell at Spurs a few years ago, but the now 27-year-old could be on his way back to the Premier League with his current club Galatasaray apparently willing to entertain offers in the €25-30m (£21-25m) region. That’s potentially triple what they paid to sign him just a year ago, but then he has put up some pretty good numbers in Turkey this summer. The article also suggests Fulham as a possible destination, although the author does seem to be spitballing by that point.

The 3AM Verdict: Has it really been just one year since Sánchez left Spurs? Somehow, it feels closer to five. But if he is going to come back to the Premier League, you have to say that a Sean Dyche side feels right for him. He’s got the physicality and aerial quality that Branthwaite offers, is a threat from set plays and can pass the ball too. Still, he didn’t look like a €30m player when Spurs fans were booing him onto the pitch when he came off the bench against Bournemouth all of a year ago, only for him to be booed back off when he was subbed back out a short while later. Let’s hope that experience only made him stronger.

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