Tottenham have signed defender Radu Dragusin in a £26.7m (€31m) deal from Genoa after the Romania worldwide selected to hitch Spurs over Bayern Munich.
Tottenham noticed off late competitors from the German champions to conclude a deal that can see them pay an preliminary £21.5m (€25m) plus £5.2m (€6m) in add-ons to Genoa.
Napoli had additionally registered an curiosity in Dragusin, who has signed a contract with Tottenham which is able to run till 2030.
A centre-back signing had been a precedence for Spurs this month after the membership’s lack of canopy within the place had been uncovered in current weeks.
The 21-year-old turns into Ange Postecoglou’s second January signing after the arrival of forward Timo Werner on loan until the end of the season.
Dragusin and Werner might each make their Tottenham debuts at Manchester United within the Premier League on Sunday, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
Dragusin’s arrival would be the newest chapter in his speedy rise, having made 62 appearances for Genoa over the previous two seasons after progressing by means of Juventus’ academy.
Spurs earlier confirmed on Thursday night that Djed Spence had joined Genoa on mortgage till the top of the season.
‘Top and character make Dragusin stand out’
Italian soccer skilled Mina Rzouki informed Sky Sports activities:
“Let’s begin with the great things. He’s an attention-grabbing character as straightaway when he was at Juventus and was handed his debut by Andrea Pirlo, what stood out was his dimension.
“He is so tall and has obtained nice physique. It is actually tough to win a duel towards him. He owns every little thing on an aerial degree. He is very robust and aggressive in his kind of defending.
“Pirlo needed him to coach with the first-team squad to enhance his method and what you see at Genoa is that he’s now higher on the ball.
“He isn’t a ball-playing defender and isn’t somebody who’s going to progress the ball on his personal on the again, however he delivers an excellent lengthy move and it is also very tough to dribble previous him.
“He isn’t tremendous quick however quick sufficient. He will be tough to beat at set-pieces and he loves to attain a objective.
“He just lately scored the equaliser towards Inter Milan to make sure Genoa earned some extent.
“One factor that everybody who has ever labored with Dragusin has informed me is that the very first thing they discover is his dimension, however secondly and most significantly it’s his character that has stood out.
“Everybody talks about his exemplary professionalism, how laborious he works, how a lot he’s prepared to be taught and enhance.
“It is so uncommon to search out as of late while you’re on the lookout for gamers. He understands what it takes to be one of the best and he’s working every single day to enhance the abilities he has.”
How did he flip down Bayern?
“Dragusin’s agent mentioned he could not consider his participant turned down Bayern nevertheless it’s one thing to notice in regards to the participant that he did give his phrase to Ange Potecoglou and he has honoured it,” mentioned Rzouki.
“That is a part of his character however he is adopted the Premier League intently and it is the league he is at all times needed to hitch.
“He feels it’ll go well with his expertise completely. It additionally has so much to do with the character of the coach. He spoke beforehand about his relationship with Andrea Pirlo.
“What stood out for him was the best way that he approached the dressing room so calmly. He was by no means an authoritarian who shouted and screamed at his gamers however simply commanded respect.
“He was encouraging and motivating. He discovered that thrilling to work with. He needed to please him and he needed to work with him.
“He discovered that at Genoa working beneath Alberto Gilardino. He is very liked within the dressing room and will really feel he has discovered the identical factor with Postecoglou at Spurs.”
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