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Tottenham open talks over deal for £21m Serie A star defender

The Lilywhites would loan him back to Udinese for the 22/23 campaign


Tottenham Hotspur are looking to turn to their Serie A connections once again in the hunt for their seventh summer signing, with Antonio Conte’s side exploring a deal for Udinese defender Destiny Udogie.

The left wing-back caught the eye last season in the Italian top flight, grabbing 5 goals and 3 assists in 35 appearances for the northern Italy outfit.

And as a consequence, the 19-year-old has caught the eye of clubs both in and out of Italy, with Inter Milan and Juventus both having been credited with an interest in the rampaging full-back.

It is Tottenham who have opened talks to sign the Italian however, with the north London outfit looking to bolster their options at left-wing-back despite having already signed Ivan Perisic this summer, who plays in the same position.

As per the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, Antonio Conte’s side have opened talks for the defender, with Udinese thought to be asking for a fee of £21m for their star.

Additionally, the Serie A side are keen to keep him via a loan for the 22/23 season, something that Tottenham have already agreed to in deals previously, with Pape Sarr joining the club last season but remaining at Metz for the 21/22 campaign.

Tottenham with the upper hand?

Speaking to 101 in 2021, Udogie revealed that Tottenham could have the upper hand on the competition for his signing, admitting that he would like to leave Italy during his career, and mentioning England as a potential destination.

“I would like to head out [of Italy], maybe England. But for now, I’m here to help Udinese and I will try to do my best for the team”, the teenager explained.

And, with Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici both installed in north London, Tottenham may be the closest thing to Italy outside of remaining in Italy, handing Udogie the best of both worlds.

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