Aston Villa and Tottenham miss out on £6million target close to joining Premier League side
According to The Athletic, Aston Villa and Tottenham target Manor Solomon is now set to join Premier League rivals Fulham.
What is the story?
Well, you might be feeling a bit of deja vu here.
A deal between Solomon and Fulham was reportedly agreed months ago, although FIFA regulations and the war in Ukraine caused some problems.
The Cottagers believed they had agreed a €7m (£6m) deal for the Israel international, only for FIFA to allow Ukraine-based players to suspend their contracts until June 2023 – the new rules were announced on June 21.
This delayed negotiations and Solomon actually became a target for OGC Nice when talks broke down, according to The Athletic.
However, everything now seems to be resolved, with a slight twist.
Solomon will now join Fulham on a season-long loan, instead of the permanent £6m deal Marco Silva thought his side had initially secured.
It comes as a blow to Steven Gerrard and Antonio Conte, who were both reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old for themselves.
Aston Villa and Tottenham have alternatives
In our view, the Villans and Spurs will now look at other options, and they’ve already been linked with a few.
It has been said that Tottenham are keen to sign Anthony Gordon from Everton, after the winger enjoyed an impressive 2021/22 season in the Premier League.
In the case of Aston Villa, they are believed to be preparing a bid for Porto attacking midfielder Otavio, who – like Solomon – tasted life in the Champions League last season.
The Villans have also been linked with a move for Lille winger Jonathan David, although they face competition from Bayern Munich.
Therefore, don’t be surprised to see offers submitted for these players soon, as both sides look to move on from Solomon’s absence at Fulham.
In other news, ‘Of course’: Frank Leboeuf claims Tottenham wouldn’t accept the Argentine at his club