Tottenham are reportedly close to signing promising young defender Destiny Udogie from Udinese for a fee of around £21million.
However, the 19-year-old left-back will most likely return to the Serie A side on loan for the upcoming season.
He would become Antonio Conte’s seventh signing of the summer after Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster as Daniel Levy splashes the cash to end Spurs’ trophy drought.
According to the Telegraph, the two clubs have agreed on the deal and the transfer will be finalized in the coming days.
Although he won’t move to north London immediately, Tottenham have decided to now sign Udogie, who they believe has the potential to become a world-class player and who also oversees from Manchester City, Inter Milan and Brighton became.
Udogie came through Hellas Verona’s academy before Udinese signed him on loan with a purchase commitment for just under £4million last summer.
The Italy youth international made 35 league appearances last season, scoring five goals and providing three assists. In the next international break, he should be called up to the senior national team.
Tottenham are currently quite well-stocked at left-back thanks to Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon and Ben Davies, although the latter will play as a centre-back in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation, as he did last season.
Sergio Reguilon is also available but has fallen out of favor with Conte and is expected to leave before the end of the transfer window, along with outcasts Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.
Udogie could be Lilywhite’s last signing this summer, although the club have recently been linked with Roma attacking midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s Premier League season begins on Saturday when they host Southampton.
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