Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester and Crystal Palace ‘in the hunt for Fulham mercenary Joachim Andersen … with center-back representatives meeting Spurs next week over possible transfer’
- Joachim Andersen is in great demand in the run-up to the summer transfer window
- Andersen has established himself at the heart of the Fulham defense this season
- The Dane joined Fulham on loan from Lyon last October
- Andersen seems to have no future at Lyon, and clubs want to make a move
Joachim Andersen is in demand after impressing on a loan spell at Fulham with players such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham reportedly interested in his services.
The center-back has established himself at the heart of Fulham’s defense this season and, despite the looming threat of relegation from the Premier League, has done enough to arouse the interest of some of the Premier League’s elite teams.
According to Danish publication BT Sports’ football podcast – Transfer Window – United, Chelsea and Tottenham are on the hunt for the central defender, who came to Fulham on loan from Lyon at the start of the season.
Defender Joachim Andersen is a man in demand in the run-up to the summer transfer window
The podcast also reports that 24-year-old Tottenham’s representatives will meet next week about a possible transfer the following summer. Sportsmail previously revealed Spurs were weighing up a move for him.
Tottenham are looking to improve their defense with doubts about the future of Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld.
But United, Chelsea and Spurs have joined the race for Andersen’s signature from fellow Premier League teams Leicester and Crystal Palace.
Despite the keen interest in his services and with Fulham in a precarious position, Andersen is reportedly not ‘reluctant’ to stay at Craven Cottage after the season – but this will certainly depend on whether the club remains in the Premier League.
Manchester United and Tottenham both plan to strengthen their defenses in the summer
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea also keeps an eye on Andersen, who is on loan to Lyon’s Fulham
The Danish international has a close relationship with Fulham boss Scott Parker – and was given the captain’s armband in the absence of the injured Tom Cairney.
Fulham will be desperate to finalize Andersen’s move at the end of the season, having become an integral part of the backbone in the pursuit of a major breakaway in the Premier League.
It seems Andersen has no future in France as the 24-year-old has already told Lyon that he would like to stay in the Premier League and they are happy to make money back after feeling the financial squeeze of the Covid pandemic .
The Ligue 1 leader is said to want around £ 25m for Andersen and clubs will be rushing to get his signature in the summer months.
Andersen has lent himself to be an essential part of Fulham’s backbone this season
Lyon’s sporting director Juninho recently confirmed that he expects Andersen to remain in England after his impressive form for the Cottagers.
Andersen started his career at Twente before joining Italian club Sampdoria in 2017.
He spent two seasons in Serie A, but moved to Lyon in 2019 to become their £ 26 million record transfer.