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Aside from battling over bragging rights in north London in the Premier League this year, Arsenal are now seemingly ready to rival Tottenham off the pitch too.
Football Insider claims the Gunners are very keen on Everton centre-back Michael Keane, and that manager Unai Emery is said to be a ‘big admirer’ of the England international.
But with only £40m to £50m available in the transfer budget according to most people, Keane’spricey valuation may just see the Gunners steer clear. The defender still has three years left on his contract, and the ball is very much in Everton’s court in any potential deal.
The 26-year-old has been a virtual ever-present for Everton this season and his form has seen him regain his place in Gareth Southgate’s England side in recent squads.
Keane helped England to get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a winning start last month and he scored his first goal for his country in the 5-1 win over Montenegro.
The source explained that Everton value Keane in the £50million bracket having signed him for £25m from Burney in 2017 and Tottenham’s and Arsenal’s ability to pay that fee will come down both clubs finishing in the top four and having that money to spend from qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Former Manchester United youngster Keane still has three years to run on his contract at Everton and they would be reluctant to lose the defender this summer.