Everton enter four club Premier League battle for Juventus gem Samuel Iling-Junior
Everton have joined the battle to sign Juventus gem Samuel Iling-Junior this January but face competition from three other Premier League sides, according to TEAMtalk.
The outlet reported on its website on Wednesday (15 November) that the Toffees are set to face competition from Fulham, Tottenham and Aston Villa for the England under-21 international’s signature who are all on “red alert.”
The 20-year-old is frustrated by his lack of game time in Serie A having only made four starts this season and sources close to Juventus suggest that it is unlikely that he will extend his stay in Italy beyond the end of his current contract which expires in 2025.
While a switch to Spurs or Aston Villa remains the more tempting proposition for the winger, the greater guarantee of game time at either Everton or Fulham could tempt the youngster to make the switch to Goodison Park.
Battle it out
Everton were keen to add to their attacking options during the summer transfer window, especially after Alex Iwobi left for Fulham on deadline day, so it would make sense that they are interested in adding Iling-Junior to their ranks when the window opens again in January.
The England youth international is an incredibly bright prospect but would represent a risky signing for the Toffees given his relative lack of experience at senior level, having only made 22 appearances for Juventus’ first-team.
If this comes down to a bidding war between the four aforementioned Premier League sides, it is hard to see how Everton will be the ones to come away with the 20-year-old’s signature, given the slightly precarious financial situation currently at Goodison Park.
That could change should 777 Partners complete their takeover of the Toffees before the transfer window opens, but currently it seems impossible to imagine Everton outbidding the likes of Fulham, let alone Tottenham and Villa.
However, the fact that Iling-Junior is so close to the end of his contract at Juventus may make a transfer more affordable and should the 20-year-old push for a move, Sean Dyche may just be able to find the resources to fund a move.