Radu Dragusin to sign for Spurs?

Radu Dragusin

The Romanian central defender looks set to leave Genoa in January, and he has been linked heavily with a move to North London.

With Christmas and the New Year celebrations now over, the 2024 January Transfer Window is very much underway, with clubs across the country and the continent looking to recruit the correct players to help them achieve their ultimate ambitions for the 2023/24 season.

This window has already seen Pape Matar Sarr sign a contract extension with Spurs, which sees the Senegalese central midfielder extend his stay at the club until at least 2030 after some superb form of late.

Spurs are not alone in being linked with a move for several players, chief amongst which is a strong link between Ange Postecoglou’s side and Genoa’s Romanian central defender Radu Dragusin.

At 21 years old, Dragusin is already one of Serie A’s leading central defenders, and with him still in the early stages of his career, he certainly has the potential to get even better. If Spurs do go ahead and sign him, this could be a great and potentially significant long-term investment for the club.

As mentioned previously, Radu’s career in professional football in still very much in its infancy. He began his career in youth football with Sportul Studentesc in 2009 before leaving for Regal Sport Bucuresti in 2013. After impressing, Italian giants Juventus eventually came calling, signing the Romanian in 2018.

He began playing for the Old Lady’s Under 17 side in the 2018/19 campaign, making 20 appearances for the team that term. He scored 2 goals whilst also collecting an assist. This, combined with good defensive performances, helped his team to the Quarter Final phase of the Campionato Under 17 season, losing 3 – 1 against Atalanta.

Dragusin was promoted to the Juventus Under 19 squad for the 2019/20 season, making 14 appearances in the Primavera 1, scoring 2 goals. He helped his team to a 4th place finish with the season being interrupted by the pandemic.

The central defender made his UEFA Champions League debut in December 2020 as a substitute against Lazio before making his full Serie A debut off the bench for Juventus in the 90th minute in a 3 – 1 win away from home against Genoa.

Fast forward to the 2021/22 campaign, which saw Radu Dragusin go out on loan for the first time. His destination was fellow Serie A club Sampdoria, for whom he made 15 appearances in all competitions during what was to be a half season stay at the club before being sent to Salernitana on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 season, making 7 appearances.

By the end of that season, Sampdoria and Salernitana finished 15th and 17th place, respectively, in Serie A.

Radu Dragusin would go on to be sent out on loan to Genoa in the 2022/23 season with Il Grifone (The Griffin), then in Serie B after being relegated the season before. He made 38 appearances in the league for the club, scoring 4 goals on the way to a second place finish for Genoa. Dragusin had helped the club to an immediate return to Serie A.

After what was an impressive season playing for the oldest professional club in Italy, he signed for Genoa permanently for an initial fee of €5.5 million. So far this season (2023/24), the Romanian central defender has made 18 Serie A appearances for Genoa with 2 goals and an assist to his name.

Radu Dragusin and Genoa currently sit 12th in Italy’s top flight after accumulating 20 points from their 18 matches as of the time of writing. Il Grifone are 9 points adrift of the top six, and they are also currently 6 points above the Serie A relegation zone.

The potential fee for Dragusin’s possible move to Spurs is reported to be in the region of £25 million, as reported on Tuesday by the MailOnline.

Radu Dragusin is a player who has been one of Serie A’s most in-form central defenders so far this term, and at the age of just 21, the Romanian would be a great long-term signing for Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur.

Acclaimed journalist Fabrizio Romano has also reported that personal terms have been agreed, and it is now just down to Spurs and Genoa agreeing on the terms of the potential deal.

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