Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba is garnering attention from England. According to Bild, the top clubs in Premier League are looking to sign the 22-year-old this summer.
Arsenal was considered as a frontrunner in securing Tapsoba, but now more Premier League clubs have joined the race. It is reported that Chelsea and Manchester United have made contacts with Bayer Leverkusen to enquire about his availability.
Leverkusen enters the summer with shortages in their defence. Thus for any move for Tapsoba to happen the Premier League clubs will have to spend close to £60 million.
TAPSOBA AN UNKNOWN GEM
Tapsoba has impressed during his short time in Germany. Ever since moving from Vitoria Guimaraes at the beginning of 2020, he has been a regular in the Leverkusen backline. A strong passer, Tapsoba is excellent with the ball at his feet. He likes to tackle and is a good dribbler.
Tapsoba has played 61 times for Leverkusen in all competitions in such a short time at the club. The Burkina Faso international is contracted with his club till 2026. Thus they are demanding a fee of close to £60 million for anyone who is trying to sign the centre-back.
Leverkusen has to sort out their own issues at the back. The twin brothers Sven and Lars Bender retired from this season, while Aleksandar Dragovic left to Red Star Belgrade on a free transfer. Hence losing Tapsoba in the summer could be very hard to fix. This is a reason why the club will try to hold on to him.
PREMIER LEAGUE WAR FOR TAPSOBA
While Leverkusen wants to keep hold of Tapsoba this summer, that hasn’t stopped the Premier League teams. Arsenal is heavily linked with the 22-year-old and wants to bring him to London. They have made initial contacts with Leverkusen and knows about the very high price tag that he comes with.
Chelsea and Manchester United are the latest entrants into this race. Both clubs are reported to have made contacts with Leverkusen and made their interest clear. They are also linked with other centre-backs across Europe. Hence the very high asking price could ward off their interest.