Norwich City are among the teams eyeing a move for Ebrima Darboe this summer…
According to 90min, there are several Premier League sides keeping tabs on the AS Roma wonderkid over a potential move in the upcoming transfer window.
The Canaries are amongst a host of top-flight clubs chasing the 19-year-old midfielder following a breakthrough campaign in the Italian capital but despite being promoted into the first-team set-up, he could find game time hard to come by under Jose Mourinho next season.
He clearly has no shortage of English suitors with West Ham, Brighton, Palace and Southampton all keen to secure his services, on top of the Premier League’s big dogs, Manchester City and United, and Liverpool.
It’s no secret that Daniel Farke is in need of defensive midfield reinforcements as the Yellows’ chances of keeping hold of impressive loan star Oliver Skipp seem rather unlikely.
The 20-year-old gem is expected to fight for a place in Tottenham’s first team next season, regardless of who their next manager is. And that should come as no surprise given he has been dubbed their “future captain” by the previous coach, Jose Mourinho.
Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber can ease the pain by winning the race for the coveted teenage sensation as he could become a long-term piece in that Skipp role.
Darboe only made his debut and a total of five senior appearances last season but in those opportunities, he displayed he was ready for a shot in the professional game.
He particularly shone against arch-rivals Lazio, where he was graded with a 7.46 rating by WhoScored, a feat only bettered by two starting players – the vastly experienced duo of Edin Dzeko (7.84) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.01).
The 5 foot 9 Gambian proved to be an influential figure at the base of midfield, where he made three successful tackles (second-most in the game) and registered an impressive 95.6% passing accuracy.
Throughout his youth career, he has been compared to two La Liga greats in Xavi and Lionel Messi, he revealed to Ultimo Uomo.
“Some called me Xavi, others Messi,” the 19-year-old claimed. And this was down to his agility on the ball. Darboe added: “Yes because he always made that movement. And then I also played two or three touches. This is my style of play.”
His former boss Paulo Fonseca lauded his courage and bravery in the heart of midfield, having handed him his debut at the Stadio Olimpico, whilst teammate Gianluca Mancini believes he’s a “great guy” because “he takes all advice on board and does the right things.”
“He played with an impressive personality already against Manchester. Now he has to feel comfortable and work as he is doing now,” the 25-year-old, via 90min.
Given Skipp was an industrious and crucial presence in Farke’s midfield, where he averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and an 88% passing accuracy per game, via WhoScored, signing someone of Darboe’s quality could well be needed.
Webber could clinch a dream replacement in the Roma prodigy this summer.