Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are interested in Genoa defender Radu Dragusin
A new centre-back is on the agenda in North London with both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur keeping tabs on Genoa’s Radu Dragusin.
The 21-year-old earned his senior stripes at Juventus before moving to Il Grifone in 2022. He spent the 2022-23 campaign on loan at the Stadio Luigi Ferrais before the arrangement was made permanant in the summer of 2023.
Dragusin has finally discovered his groove and is today one of the standout performers for Genoa. The Italian minnows returned to the top flight only this season and will hope to retain their top stars in a bid to stave off relegation.
With the 2024 January transfer window fast approaching, clubs are circling. Tottenham are reeling from three consecutive losses in the Premier League amidst the unavailability of Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven thanks to suspension and injury respectively.
Dragusin isn’t yet ready to replace either player in the Spurs playing XI but can provide Ange Postecoglou with a reliable alternative when needed. But according to Calciomercato, Arsenal and Newcastle United could very well play spoilsport in our efforts to land the 21-year-old.
Dragusin isn’t the only centre-back on our radar heading into January. OGC Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo is another standout name that Tottenham are keeping tabs on. However, the 23-year-old is seeking regular playtime, something that Postecoglou might not be able to offer.
The Genoa man, on the other hand, has little chance of displacing our first choice centre-backs. But given his age, a deputy role could aid his development before getting him up to speed to challenge for a first XI spot.
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While Dragusin is certainly an interesting prospect, Tottenham could do with someone who is better prepared to handle the demands of the English game. While beating Arsenal to the punch will be great, it will matter for little if we fail to do the due diligence. There is still much to play for this season and it is imperative that Tottenham bring in the right players next January.