Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth says AC Milan and Juventus are the clubs who have shown the most interest in signing rumoured Tottenham target Lloyd Kelly so far this season.
Last week, Football Insider stated that Spurs are now also expected to face competition from Liverpool for the Bournemouth star. It was explained that the Reds want to sign a versatile defender and Kelly’s ability to play at centre-back and left-back appeals to Jurgen Klopp’s men.
A few days ago, TEAMtalk claimed that Tottenham are still Kelly’s most likely destination if the centre-back does leave Bournemouth in January.
However, the outlet stated that the Cherries want to keep hold of the centre-back even though his contract runs out next summer as they see him as being crucial to their chances of preserving their Premier League status.
Tottenham could face lots of competition for Kelly
Sheth has now asserted that it is Milan and Juve who are the most serious about signing Kelly, suggesting that the 25-year-old could follow in Fikayo Tomori’s footsteps by moving to Italy.
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “The ones that are really quite serious at this stage are AC Milan and Juventus. AC Milan had scouts watching Lloyd Kelly. Even their technical director went to personally watch Lloyd Kelly as well.
“The Italian clubs, in recent history, have got this habit of going to the English clubs and bringing them to Serie A to offer them Champions League football and regular first-team football.
“The likes of Fikayo Tomori went from Chelsea to AC Milan, and he has gone from strength to strength. What an advert he would be to other English players who were deciding whether to stay in England or go to the Italian league.”
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Kelly’s contract situation is likely the main reason behind Juve’s and Milan’s interest, with both clubs potentially eyeing a free transfer. The 25-year-old would be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement with non-English clubs from January.
However, the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool will offer him a chance to remain in England, which one would assume would be the Bournemouth star’s top preference.
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