Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Radu Dragusin to the Premier League.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Serie B News (via Sport Witness), who claim that Fabio Paratici is already putting together his transfer plans for the summer transfer window in 2023, with the Italian eyeing ‘young but highly prospective’ talents to bring to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
One such player is believed to be the 20-year-old Genoa loanee – who the sporting director knows well from his time at Juventus – with the Italian said to be keeping a close eye on the situation of the centre-back ahead of launching a potential move at the end of the current campaign.
Conte’s next Bonucci
Considering just how “highly rated” Dragusin is by those in the know, coupled with Paratici having already witnessed the centre-back’s defensive capabilities during his time in Turin, it is not difficult to see why the 50-year-old would be interested in a deal to bring the youngster to north London next summer.
Indeed, despite struggling to break into the Juventus first team following his 2018 move from Romania – making just four senior appearances for the Bianconeri – Dragusin is beginning to demonstrate at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris why both Juve and Chelsea were reportedly so eager to sign him four years ago.
The 20-year-old – who himself admitted is inspired by Leonardo Bonucci – is exhibiting the confidence in possession and positional understanding reminiscent of the Juventus and Italy legend, having completed an average of 50.2 passes – at a success rate of 86% – played 2.5 long balls and won 4.4 duels – at a success rate of 69% – per game in Serie B so far this season.
The £15.5k-per-week talent has also impressed in more general metrics, helping Genoa keep four clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 0.9 interceptions, 0.5 tackles, 3.0 clearances and being dribbled past just 0.2 times per fixture in 2022/23.
Furthermore, Dragusin’s physical stature is also similar to that of Bonucci, with the 20-year-old standing at 6 foot 3 – exactly the same height as the 35-year-old – while the starlet has also been known to spend two hours in the gym each morning before training in order to increase his muscle mass and strength.
As such, should Paratici believe that the player who Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig dubbed a “complete” and “dominant” defender could go on to fulfil his undoubted potential at Spurs, it would seem an extremely wise move for the sporting director to move for the youngster next summer – as he could be rewarded with the discovery of Antonio Conte’s next Bonucci.