Tottenham Hotspur have reached a full agreement with Udinese over the transfer of left-back Destiny Udogie, according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Udogie’s short Udinese career
The 19-year-old came through the Hellas Verona academy before the Serie A outfit signed him last summer on loan with an obligation to buy for just under £4m.
The Latest: Romano’s news
Romano has shared an update on Spurs’ pursuit of the youngster, revealing the Premier League club have now come to an agreement with Udinese.
Taking to Twitter, the reliable journalist confirmed:
“Destiny Udogie to Tottenham, here we go. Full agreement reached with Udinese for more than €20m – after personal terms in place. Talented Italian fullback will be Spurs player in 2023, wanted by Paratici.
“Udogie will stay at Udinese for one more year on loan.”
The Verdict: Promising long-term signing
Looking at the 19-year-old’s underlying stats, it is clear to see why Fabio Paratici was so keen on securing the player’s signature for Antonio Conte’s side.
Compared with positional peers across Europe over the past-year, he ranked in the 99th percentile for non-penalty expected goals and in the 88th percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area (FBRef). This is a player who loves bombing forward and playing on the front foot, also registering in the 84th percentile for pressures.
Hailed as an ‘incredible talent’ with the ‘perfect physical attributes for the Premier League’ by journalist Josh Bunting, this could be a fantastic long-term signing for the Lilywhites, given he has over a decade left to grow and perform playing at the top level.
Paratici may have pulled a master-stroke getting this deal across the line.
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