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Arsenal and Manchester United monitoring defender Manchester City sold for just £2 million in 2020 – 11 clubs interested



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Former Manchester City defender and academy graduate of the Etihad club Tosin Adarabioyo is reportedly at the centre of watchful eyes from Premier League giants.

Manchester-born and a product of the Etihad club’s esteemed youth academy, Adarabioyo has gone on to make a success of his career away from Manchester City, after leaving the club on a permanent agreement in 2020.

Following on from successful loan moves at West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers, it was Fulham who ultimately secured the signature of the highly-rated defender, securing an agreement for a staggering cut-price fee of just up to £2 million.

In his Premier League career to date, Tosin Adarabioyo has so far recorded a commendable 73 appearances, scoring two goals and maintaining 17 clean sheets in the process for the West London side.

But that Premier League career could be extended beyond this season, despite his contract at Fulham edging towards an expiry, with a number of the division’s most prominent clubs monitoring developments concerning contractual discussions.

That is according to the information of HITC’s Graeme Bailey, who reports that both Arsenal and Manchester United are ‘keeping tabs’ on Adarabioyo, alongside five other Premier League clubs watching the defender who is out of contract at Craven Cottage this summer.

It is detailed that Fulham are ‘working hard’ to tie Adarabioyo down to a new deal, but he has so far ‘rebuffed their advances’, having his eyes set on ‘utilising his impending free agency’ and move for free during the upcoming summer window.

Alongside Arsenal and Manchester United, the report also claims that Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Newcastle United, and Everton are also showing a level of interest in the player.

In the European game, HITC report that AC Milan, Juventus, Lyon and Marseille are among those taking a look at the profile of the 26-year-old, in a further testament to the talents of the player Manchester City developed from an early age.

Unfortunately for Manchester City, the potential of a free transfer for their former player this summer has no financial benefit to them aside from personal pride, with the club installing a 20 per cent sell on fee on any future sale when Adarabioyo left for Fulham four years ago.

City are known for including clauses into agreements when selling their most promising youth talents, alongside the securing of relatively high transfer fees, while the most exciting names often have opportunities to be bought back by the club for a set fee.

Romeo Lavia is perhaps one of the most notable examples for Manchester City, after the reigning Premier League champions turned down an opportunity to buy the Belgian back from Southampton for a fee of around £40 million, enabling Chelsea to swoop in.