Inter, Juve lost Udogie to Spurs on finances

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Destiny Udogue’s agent Stefano Antonelli has told Tuttomercatoweb that Tottenham beat Italian giants, Juventus and Inter Milan to the signing of Destiny Udogie because Spurs were willing to pay more for the 19-year-old.

The Nigerian-eligible teenager proved to be Tottenham’s final signing of an incredibly promising window. However, Spurs fans will have to wait some time before they get the chance to see him in action for Antonio Conte’s side in North London.

Udogie has remained with Udinese on loan this season. And he has shown great promise in the early stages of the Serie A campaign, scoring twice in five games.

Looking at the fee Tottenham parted with to sign Udogie and feel that the club took a risk. Fabrizio Romano reported that the club have paid £17.3m up front with a further £5.2m coming in add-ons.

But Spurs fans can take encouragement from the sides who missed out on signing Udogie. Antonelli has claimed that two of Italy’s biggest clubs were keen on a deal also.

“Inter and Juventus wanted to sign him, it’s true — but Tottenham have decided to pay €20m plus €6m add-ons so it was not possible for other clubs,” he told Tuttomercatoweb, as reported by Romano.

“Spurs wanted him to stay in Italy on loan, it’s part of the strategy”.

It will be very interesting to see how Spurs use Udogie upon his return. Right now, Antonio Conte is using Ryan Sessegnon and Ivan Perisic in the left wing-back role.

Perisic has been outstanding since his move. Meanwhile, Sessegnon finally looks destined to realise his full potential in North London.

Obviously, the Croatian is coming towards the end of his career. But the early signs suggest that he is going to be a big player for Tottenham for some time yet.

So Udogie may have to be patient when it comes to breaking into the Tottenham side. But Spurs would not have parted with such a large sum – and seen off competition from Juve and Inter in the process – if they did not see a very bright future ahead for the teenager.


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