An update has emerged on Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Destiny Udogie in the summer transfer window…
According to TuttoSport, Spurs have made contact with Udinese and already had one offer turned down as Fabio Paratici is in talks over a deal for the wing-back.
Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas has also provided an update on the situation by claiming that the club may send the gem, valued at €20m (£17m), back on loan for the 2022/23 campaign.
The reporter Tweeted: “ interested in ’s young left-back Destiny Udogie. 19yo Italy U21. also keen (as per @ Italy).”
He added: “Some more context to this: Not beyond the realms that do a deal for Udogie and then loan him out as per Sarr last summer. Perisic and Sessegnon expected to be main LWB options for Conte. Reguilon future uncertain. Has interest.”
Tottenham can land their future left wing-back option by signing Udogie and developing him, whether that is out on loan or at the club, in the years to come.
In 35 league appearances, the teenager averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.84. Without any context, this is a solid – albeit unimpressive – score for the wing-back. However, it was his first full season at senior level and he established himself as a regular starter – as he was named in the XI 29 times.
This shows incredible maturity, and quality, for his age as he has been able to stand out above more experienced professionals to be Udinese’s first-choice at wing-back.
He has shown that he can make an impact going forward with five goals and four assists last term. This means that is suited to the wing-back role as he has the ability on the ball to make things happen in the final third when he bursts forward to support the attacking players.
The youngster did not shy away from his defensive responsibilities, though, as he made 2.6 tackles and interceptions per game and won 52% of his duels in total. Udogie has proven that he can win the ball back for his team defensively whilst offering a threat going forward and this means that he can provide a good balance down the left flank.
Now, imagine what the 19-year-old could do for Spurs after another season or two of developing – back on loan at Udinese or whilst working with Conte. He can be the future for the club at left wing-back and Paratici must work hard to strike an agreement for him.