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Tottenham close in on seventh summer signing in Udinese starlet Destiny Udogie

The 19-year-old Italian U21 international had a sensational breakout season in 2021-22 with Udinese and could be another long-term building block at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium


Antonio Contes’s Tottenham rebuild continues to make strides this summer in the wake of its successful first season in 2021-22, with Spurs continuing their senior squad restructuring under the guidance of the Italian headmaster and club director of football Fabio Paratici.

After completing deals for Ivan Perišić, Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Clément Lenglet, and Fraser Forster, the north London outfit look primed to seal their second highly-touted youngster of the summer window in the vein of Italian youth international Destiny Udogie.

Reports earlier today via Football365 suggested that a fee of £20m had been agreed between Tottenham and Friulian outfit Udinese, which has now been corroborated by The Telegraph’s Jason Burt via sources in Italy claiming that a deal is nearly completed for the 19-year-old.

Udogie had a massive breakout season in 2021-22 with Udine at the Dacia Arena after securing a season-long loan at the northeastern Italian side after profoundly rising through the youth ranks at boyhood club Hellas Verona.

The versatile attacking left-back, who has dual representation options through both Italy and Nigeria despite being capped throughout youth level for the Azzurri, made 37 appearances across all competitions last season for Le Zebrette while contributing 5 goals and 3 assists in Serie A.

Though Tottenham already brought in Croatian veteran Ivan Perišić while still having both Sergio Reguilón and Ben Davies on the books in north London, it is widely expected that Udogie will be loaned back to Udine for the 2022-23 Serie A campaign where he will continue to log valuable minutes under manager Andrea Sottil, with a view of being ready to push for a first-team place in 2023-24 as Perišić (now 33) continues to age as well as given the uncertain futures surrounding both Reguilón and Davies.

Should Conte and Paratici get their man, it would take the club’s summer spending to over £100m as they look to push further into the thick of the top-four race and close ranks with Chelsea while keeping distance between themselves and bitter rivals Arsenal as well as Manchester United.


Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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