Mourinho to vie with Arsenal and Aston Villa for ‘stunning’ £ 21million star, Ancelotti is big fan
Roma are now considering signing Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa, according to Calciomercato, whom Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton have also followed this summer.
Giallorossi CEO Tiago Pinto continues to draw up a shortlist of alternative options for Jose Mourinho after Arsenal select Granit Xhaka. Pinto has observed Anguissa as a suitable target, as he believes the Cottagers star would beef up Roma’s engine room.
Pinto also doesn’t expect Anguissa to stay at Fulham after the West London side drop out of the Premier League. And with his contract at Craven Cottage expiring in 2023, Marco Silva will likely sanction the Cameroonian’s exit this summer.
Fulham is reportedly demanding € 25million (£ 21.5million) to sell Anguissa amid Roma potential pursuit and earlier Premier League interest in the 25-year-old. The Daily Mail noted in May that Arsenal and Aston Villa were monitoring Anguissa with Fulham ready for relegation.
Mikel Arteta admires what the 29-cap international could offer in a pivotal midfielder alongside Thomas Partey at Emirates Stadium. But Dean Smith also has his eyes on Anguissa, as the Villans look to build on their promising campaign last season.
Everton also held an interest in Anguissa in May, but the Mirror noted Carlo Ancelotti was behind the Blues’ offer. The Italian, now in charge of Real Madrid, is a big fan of the Fulham star and felt he would add dynamism and steel to his squad at Goodison Park.
Fulham paid Marseille £ 30million for Anguissa in 2018 but left on loan for the 2019/20 season after relegation. He then returned last summer with the Cottagers back in the Premier League, but could leave again within 12 months.
Should Arsenal and Aston Villa compete with Mourinho’s Roma for Anguissa?
Xhaka staying at Arsenal could take Arteta out of the Anguissa market, potentially benefiting Aston Villa and Roma. But the Spaniard can still bid as he had high hopes for the Cameroonian in north London.
Anguissa drew attention with Fulham last season, despite Scott Parker’s side once again withdrawing from the top flight. He started 29 of his 36 Premier League appearances and offered three assists in a deep starting role.
He also produced vital tackles in lively performances under Parker, who had previously called Anguissa “superb” via West London Sport. The all-action engine room occupant also looked classy above his fellow Cottagers on occasion when playing at full speed.