Tottenham Hotspur are set to battle it out with Arsenal to sign Everton defender Michael Keane this summer.
That’s according to The Daily Mail, who claim Spurs representatives were in attendance to watch the Englishman against West Ham United on Saturday.
Keane joined Everton in a deal worth up to £30 million in the summer of 2017 (BBC Sport) and struggled in his first season at Goodison Park.
The former Manchester United and Burnley defender has improved a lot though in 2018/19, and has made his way back into the England squad.
The Mail believe Spurs could swoop for Keane, but that Everton could demand a whopping £50 million his transfer.
Keane may have improved immensely this year, but £50 million would be hugely over-paying.
The 6ft 3in defender was excellent for Burnley, but has only just started to come good for Everton after a bad first season.
It is likely that Tottenham will be losing Toby Alderweireld this summer, with the Belgian’s release clause just £26 million as reported by The Daily Mail.
Losing him, one of the best in Europe in his position, and replacing him with Keane for almost twice the price would be embarrassing business.
He is a good, modern day defender but £50 million is a huge sum, especially for a team not renowned for splashing the cash.