Arsenal, Tottenham to battle over £50m-rated 26-year-old defender – report

Arsenal and Tottenham will go head-to-head for the signature of Everton defender Michael Keane this summer, according to a report

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will compete for the signing of Everton defender Michael Keane in the summer, according to a report in England.

The Daily Mail is reporting that both Premier League clubs have sent scouts to watch the former Manchester United defender perform in recent weeks.

The same article claims that Arsenal and Tottenham had representatives at Everton’s 2-0 victory over West Ham to keep a close eye on Keane.

According to the same story, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be in the market for a new centre-half in the summer.

His current centre-half pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are facing questions about the respective futures at Tottenham.

The Daily Mail go on to add that Arsenal manager Unai Emery has made no secret of the fact that the Gunners need defensive recruits.

Arsenal and Tottenham are bound to be linked with a host of players in the summer as the two north London clubs look to build a squad capable of challenging the likes of Liverpool FC and Manchester City next term.

The Gunners were 2-0 winners against Newcastle at The Emirates on Monday night to hoist themselves above Tottenham in the Premier League table.

Spurs suffered a 2-1 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield last weekend, leaving them having taken just one point from their last five games in the top flight.

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