Journalist Mark McAdam has suggested that while Tottenham Hotspur continue to discuss a move with Genoa for Radu Dragusin, there is another club who could yet throw a spanner in the works.
For a little while, Radu Dragusin has looked well placed to be Spurs’ first signing of the January transfer window. Reports in December suggested that Tottenham were ready to step up their interest in Dragusin.
It has been suggested that Spurs are optimistic of pushing a deal for Dragusin across the line in the coming days. But it seems that Tottenham may have to see off a late challenge if they want to secure the Romanian’s signature.
Napoli could look to hijack Tottenham move for Radu Dragusin
Speaking on Sky Sports News, McAdam hinted that Napoli cannot yet be ruled out of the race to sign the centre-back, particularly as they are prepared to discuss a part-exchange deal with their Serie A rivals.
“Talks continue between Tottenham Hotspur and Genoa over the player. Our colleagues at Sky in Italy have some detail as well and they’ve said that Genoa were looking for €30 million as a minimum, which is around £26 million. They’ve said that there was an initial verbal offer from Tottenham that was around €23 million, around £20 million. But at the moment, there’s been no movement. But talks continue,” he said.
“His agent has said he’s in no rush to go anywhere. And something I just want to point out as well, and this is quite interesting because there is another club just lurking in the background.
“Napoli are interested in the player and they’re prepared to offer cash plus a player. Now, that would suit Genoa because they’re looking for a striker and they’re short of cash. So they need players and bodies, and they need the money. So that may be an interesting one to keep an eye on. But we know that the talks continue between Tottenham and Genoa.”
Spurs not far away from agreeing fee
It is imperative that Tottenham sign another centre-back in this window. Ideally, they would get a deal done in the coming days as both Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero are both sidelined.
Given that there is not a huge amount of difference between the two clubs’ valuations, you would think that Spurs would want to push a deal across the line.
But of course, Tottenham are not going to pay over the odds for a player just because they have word that another club is in the running.
If they are not able to complete a deal for Dragusin, they will have other names on their wishlist that they will quickly switch their attention to.