Tottenham ready to beat Bayern Munich to sign 21-year-old defender Radu Dragusin; the Romanian international completed his medical in London on Wednesday; Dragusin opted to move to Spurs despite late interest from the Bundesliga champions
21:18, UK, Wednesday 10 January 2024
Radu Dragusin has decided to join Tottenham from Bayern Munich.
Spurs agreed a £25.9m (€30m) deal with Genoa, including £5.6m (€6m) in add-ons, before Bayern launched a late bid in an attempt to hijack the deal.
Bayern’s best offer of £26.7m (€31m) left Dragusin to choose which club he wants to play for, and he has chosen Tottenham.
The Romanian defender flew to London on Wednesday and completed his medical.
Bayern’s failure for Dragusin came later Sky in Germany it was reported over the weekend that the German club had agreed a deal with the Tottenham defender Eric Dier, which is now their number 1.
The 29-year-old has the right to talk to foreign clubs when his contract expires this summer but Spurs have yet to find a way out of Bayern.
What will Dragusin bring to Spurs?
Tottenham will sign Genoa defender Radu Dragusin, but in what areas does the 21-year-old shine?
Dragusin has started every Serie A game this season and is doing very well in the air – he is third in the league for aerial shots.
Only Cagliari’s Alberto Dossena has completed more clearances, while Dragusin is also a threat at the other end of the pitch – being ninth in headers.
The full-backs were placed in a back three at Genoa but they can play on the line. With the club finishing 12th in Serie A, the heat map below shows Dragusin kept busy in his penalty box.
‘Length and quality make Dragusin stand out’
Italian footballer Mina Rzouki told Sky Sports:
“Let’s start with the good things. He is an interesting character as he was at Juventus, and he was first given by Andrea Pirlo, what stood out was his size.
“He is very tall and has a very good body. It is very difficult to win against him. He has everything in the air. He is very strong and aggressive in his defensive style.
“Pirlo wanted to train with the first team to improve his skills and what you see at Genoa is that he is now good on the ball.
“He is not a defender of the ball, and he is not someone who can advance the ball on his own at the back, but he makes a very long pass and it is difficult to pass him.
“He’s not very fast but he’s fast enough but he’ll be hard to beat at set-pieces and he likes to score.
“He soon scored an equalizer against Inter Milan to ensure that Genoa got the points.
“One thing that everyone who has worked with Dragusin has told me is that the first thing they notice is his size, but the second and most important thing is his character that has become known.
“Everyone talks about his exemplary professionalism, his hard work, his willingness to learn and improve.”
“It’s very rare to find these days when you look at players. They understand what it takes to be successful and they are working every day to improve the skills they have.”
How did he reject Bayern?
“Dragusin’s agent said he can’t believe that his player has rejected Bayern but it is important to know about the player that he gave his word to Ange Potecoglou and he has respected it,” said Rzouki.
“It’s part of his culture but he follows the Premier League closely and it’s a league he’s always wanted to join.
“He feels that it will suit his skills perfectly. It also has a lot to do with the quality of the coach. He has already spoken about his relationship with Andrea Pirlo.
“What impressed him the most was his calm approach to the dressing room. He wasn’t a domineering man who yelled and shouted at his players but he always showed respect.
He was encouraging and encouraging. He found the work interesting. He wanted to please him and he wanted to work with him.
“He found that at Genoa working under Alberto Gilardino. He is well-liked in the dressing room, and he can feel that he has found the same with Postecoglou at Spurs.”
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