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Tosin Adarabioyo’s future at Fulham remains in doubt, with Fabrizio Romano revealing that the defender could leave Craven Cottage for around £10million this summer.
Adarabioyo joined Fulham from Manchester City last summer, having previously impressed on loan in the Championship with Blackburn.
The defender made 33 appearances in the Premier League this term, and was an impressive performer despite their relegation to the Championship.
Adarabioyo is now attracting interest from the top-flight, though, with Arsenal having previously been linked with his signature.
According to Romano, the 23-year-old could be available for only £10million this summer, due to a buy-out clause in his contract.
Here, we discuss whether we can realistically see Adarabioyo being a Fulham player come the start of the 2021/22 Championship campaign…
I think it’s going to be really hard for Fulham to keep hold of him.
While it was a season to forget for Scott Parker’s side last term there’s no doubt that Tosin Adarabioyo proved himself as a really good player at Premier League level.
He only moved to Fulham one year ago but I think that clubs have already seen enough to think that he’s worth a punt.
With a release clause of £10million, I think that many clubs will be keen to tempt the player to them – and with Arsenal and Norwich among those in the hunt, it could be hard for him to ignore the interest.
I’d be very surprised if Fulham were able to keep hold of the player.
Unfortunately for Fulham supporters I just cannot see them keeping hold of Adarabioyo in the wake of the latest reports of him having a release clause of around £10 million. A that sort of fee he should be a no-brainer for someone in the Premier League, or maybe even abroad to come in and sign during the summer transfer window.
It is rare these days that a player with the quality and potential that the 23-year-old possesses to be available for a fee of around £10 million. Therefore he represents a potential major bargain this summer for anyone that is able to secure his signature. Even if he would not be viewed as a key player for that club, they could easily sell him on for a large profit.
Adarabioyo’s abilities were on full view last term in the Premier League and he played a huge role in tightening up Fulham’s defence. Although he could not help to keep them in the top-flight, there was little more the 23-year-old could have done with his own personal form throughout the campaign.
There might be a slim chance that he remains with Fulham for the start of the campaign, but I would be amazed if no side has snapped him up by the time the window closes. Surely this is an opportunity that is far too good to turn down for at least one club this summer.
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Yes, I do envisage him going.
While the 23-year-old is clearly a quality defender, he’s not quite proven himself as a dependable Premier League centre-back yet.
Adarabioyo’s Fulham deal still has two years left on it, plus the option of a further year, so the west London club will want to get very good value if they’re to let him go – though there is a £10 million clause in his deal.
You’d imagine they see the defender as a key part of their plans to bounce back up to the Premier League as well, which suggests to me that any deal for him is likely to come later on in the window with the club hoping to have contingency plans in place already.
I’m not saying he won’t leave but I do think his exit will come after the first game of the season, if it comes at all!