The Italian journalist said on Twitter:
“Destiny Udogie to Tottenham, here we go. Full agreement reached with Udinese for more than €20m – after personal terms in place. Talented Italian fullback will be Spurs player in 2023, wanted by [Fabio] Paratici.
“Udogie will stay at Udinese for one more year on loan.”
It’s thought that the Italy U21 international will cost Spurs in the region of £21m, taking their spending over the £120m mark, having splashed out £60m on Richarlison, £25m on Yves Bissouma and £15m on Djed Spence already this summer.
Fabio Paratici, the Lilywhites’ sporting director, is set to land another tenacious and exciting signing to make it a fantastic seven arrivals through the door at Hotspur Way, which is almost unprecedented at the club – at least in recent times.
Spurs supporters will not get to see Udogie in the flesh until 2023 at the earliest but it’s clear that this signing has been done with the long-term future in mind.
Despite only being 19 years of age, the young defender was only beaten by soon-to-be teammate Ivan Perisic (ten) for wing and full-back goal contributions in the Serie A last season, providing a total of eight, as per WhoScored.
He is more than capable of offering solid defensive contributions, too.
Udogie ranked within the top 10% of his positional peers across Europe for tackles won (1.91 per 90), via FBref, whilst he’s also among the top 3% for goals scored (0.18 per 90) and the top 12% for touches in the opposition’s box (2.73 per 90), demonstrating his tenacious attitude across all areas of the pitch.
These credentials has seen the teenager lauded as being “extraordinary” by his former Udinese boss Gabriele Cioffi, whilst the player himself believes his best qualities are his pace, dribbling and skills.
It very much seems like he’s an all-round monster and only goes to show why manager Antonio Conte and Paratici would want him signed to Tottenham.
He is set to continue his development over in the Serie A for another year but on the above evidence, he’s a mighty talent that could excite many around north London in the coming years.