Mert Muldur wants to leave Sassuolo during the final two months of the transfer window with Tottenham Hotspur keen to take the defender to the Premier League, his agent told CalcioNapoli24.
It is going to be a long old summer for Sassuolo.
Midfield metronome Manuel Locatelli is closing in on a move to Juventus, Jeremie Boga wants to leave, Cristian Romero is a target for Liverpool and Domenico Berardi – the club’s answer to Francesco Totti – is now attracting admiring glances from England’s giants after making a stunning impact at Euro 2020.
Did we mention that Sassuolo have also lost influential manager Roberto di Zerbi to Shakhtar Donetsk?
The Serie A outfit could have done without Muldur pushing for a move, then.
Is a Turkey international heading to Spurs this summer?
Max Hagmayr, the defender’s agent, admitted recently that Tottenham had expressed an interest in the versatile 22-year-old, while rumours regarding a potential move to Napoli have resurfaced too.
“In the past, I talked about him with Napoli because Mert is a very promising full-back, still young and who played well against Switzerland as a left-back,” Hagmayr said of the highly-rated Turkey international.
“We will see what happens in the summer. Muldur would like to take the next step in his career.
“It’s hard to say now but I can say that all players would be happy to play for Napoli. Right now, he has a contract with Sassuolo until 2024 (but) Mert feels ready for the next step.
“We should talk about it with Sassuolo.”
Muldur, who can play at right-back, left-back, centre-half and in defensive midfield, was one of the few bright sparks for a Turkey side who flopped spectacularly at Euro 2020; the hipsters who tipped the so-called ‘dark horses’ for a semi-final berth choking on their £8 craft beers.
Given that Tottenham look short of depth in a number of different positions – especially at centre-half and at right-back – the arrival of the adaptable Muldur could kill a whole garden full of birds with a single stone.