Sports News of Sunday, 13 August 2017
Birmingham City are on the red alert for Afriyie Acquah after his Italian club Torino bought Tomas Ricon from Juventus as the replacement for the want-away Ghana midfielder.
Acquah looks to be on his way out of Torino following the arrival of Ricon after Birmingham City slapped in an offer of €8m to Torino for their Ghanaian midfielder.
With the arrival of Ricon, Torino will now be comfortable with Acquah’s likely departure as it will now give them the chance to consider the offer on the English club.
Torino insiders have now told Ghanasoccernet.com they will consider an improved Birmingham City bid for the Ghana midfielder.
This comes after Torino paid a loan fee of €3million to sign Venezuelan defensive midfielder Tomas Rincon from Juventus with the option of making it permanent for €6million at the end of campaign.
Acquah has been linked with a move away from the Grenades in the ongoing summer transfer window following a stellar performance in the Italian Serie A last term.
The Championship side tabled the offer late on Tuesday night as they seek grab the experienced player to shore up their midfield and prevent clubs in the Serie A from signing him.
The Italian top-flight are considering the offer from Birmingham as they seek to maximise the revenue if they decide to sell their highly cherished 25-year-old.
Ghana’s leading football news outfit Ghanasoccernet.com understands that Acquah has already accepted the personal terms proposed by Birmingham.
The sticking point remains that Torino must accept the offer by the Blues before they can confidently grab the Ghanaian player who is wanted by top clubs in Italy.
Coach Harry Redknapp has turned to another Ghanaian just one week after Emmanuel Agyemang Badu snubbed his offer to move to Turkey to sign for Bursaspor.
Acquah is seen as the perfect replacement for Agyemang-Badu having played 20 matches and scored two goal for Torino even though he was sent off three times.
The midfielder has spent most of his playing career in Italy as he featured for Palermo, Parma and Sampdoria before joining Torino for €3.1m in 2015.
He also spent a short loan stint with German Bundesliga side with Hoffenheim.
Acquah qualifies for an automatic work permit to play in England as the consistent member of the Ghana national team has 28 caps and one goal.
Acquah played full throttle for the side in their 7-1 victory over Trapani Calcio in the Coppa Italia round of 32 on Saturday.