Just last year, Harry Kane was desperately trying to move to Manchester City, and came to the somewhat heartbreaking conclusion that he had no choice but to turn his back on his beloved Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of titles.
Just 12 months later, Tottenham are battling a competition from the Premier League champions to sign one of Serie A’s most exciting rising talents. In the year, it was Destiny Udogie’s decision to sign on the dotted line despite competing interest from the union and elsewhere.
According to Calciomercato and Gianluca di Marzio, Udinese whizzkid has been the subject of inquiries from the popular Man City team across the game for turning potential into greatness. But Odoji gave Spurs the green light instead.
The Italy Under-21 international will join for an initial £21m, a fee agreed upon by both parties.
Tottenham beat Man City to Destiny Odoji
Now, it’s easy to see what Udinese will get from this deal. In addition to the fee that will make Udinese one of the most expensive departures in their history, the former Hellas Verona man is also expected to return to Stadio Fruili on loan for the 2022/23 campaign. Big advantage, as far as it is Zebrite we are worried.
But it is not only Udinese who will benefit.
Udogie clearly feels that Tottenham is the right place to continue his development. The importance of this should not be underestimated. Especially considering you think, between the sad departure of Mauricio Pochettino and the arrival of rock star Conte, that Spurs seemed like a place where possibility dies.
Big win for Antonio Conte
Conte, who is arguably the best league manager in the game, gives Spurs a real drag in the market. The likes of which they could only have dreamed of if Nuno Espirito Santo was still in the hot seat. It was he who helped convince Richarlison, Yves Bisoma and Jed Spence – three of England’s most sought-after footballers – to sign on the dotted line.
Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic savored Serie A glory under the ex-Inter Milan boss in 2021.
And Conte’s tactics, as well as his silver-plated resume, may have gone some way to winning over Udogie. This 3-4-2-1 formation remains the foundation of Conte’s continued success. And Odoji, the attack-minded left-back who scored five goals and three assists for Udinese last season, should feel a bit like a peg in a hole punch when he finally arrives at Spurs in 2023.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has used three defenses in just nine of City’s last 189 matches since the start of 2019/20 (Football Critic).
“I can go to the Premier League,” the youngster said this summer. “I would be happy to have an experience in England.”
Now, his dream is about to become a reality.
In other news, Romano: Man City already have a plan if they beat Man United by signing the 21-year-old
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