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Premier League duo to rival AC Milan for Fulham defender?

Premier League duo to rival Milan for Fulham defender?
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Two Premier League clubs are reportedly preparing to rival AC Milan in the race to sign Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to rival AC Milan in the race to sign Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

Since arriving from Manchester City in 2020, the centre-back has proven to be an astute addition to the Cottagers ranks, most notably starring in a promotion campaign from the Championship.

However, the £2m signing has gone onto make a total of 128 appearances for the West Londoners in all competitions, scoring five goals and only enhancing his reputation.

From Fulham's perspective, though, that has proven to be an issue when it comes to trying to renew the 26-year-old's contract.

Adarabioyo has now reached a point where he is in the final three months of his terms and an exit from Craven Cottage is looking increasingly likely.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin in action with Fulham's Tosin Adarabioyo on January 30, 2024© Reuters

How could developments go?

Whether there are any quick developments regarding the situation remains to be seen. Fulham have recently put together some of their best form of the season with Adarabioyo back in the middle of the defence.

Premier League clubs are also restricted from being able to formally open negotiations with Adarabioyo should they wish to try to sign him on a free transfer.

Reports have indicated that Milan could hold the advantage, particularly on that front with foreign clubs having been able to discuss terms with the player since the start of 2024.

Nevertheless, according to Sempre Milan, via The Sun, Liverpool and Spurs are each taking an interest in the situation.

Both clubs are currently focused on trying to achieve their goals for the season, with Liverpool winning a treble in Jurgen Klopp's final season in charge and Spurs attempting to finish in the top four of the Premier League table.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou pictured on March 16, 2024© Reuters

Liverpool, Spurs in market for new defender

That said, acquiring a highly-regarded domestic player on a free transfer, and who was schooled at Man City, may prove too tempting to turn down.

With Joel Matip expected to leave on a free transfer, Liverpool will attempt to sign a new centre-back this summer, and Adarabioyo would theoretically fit the bill.

The same applies with Spurs who are not necessarily stocked with players on the homegrown front and require further competition for Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven.

Each move may appeal to Adarabioyo, and it is plausible that other teams will enter the race if it emerges that any of the three aforementioned clubs could hold an advantage.

Adarabioyo, who has made 18 starts and three substitute outings this season, is currently focused on representing Fulham against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

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