Update — January 9th, 7:05AM EST: Tottenham submits offer for Drăgușin
According to Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham Hotspur has submitted a formal offer to Genoa for center-back Radu Drăgușin:
⚪️ Tottenham and Genoa are locked in talks to get Radu Dragusin deal done after official bid sent earlier today.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 9, 2024
↪️ €25m, €5m add-ons, Spence on loan.
Talks on payment terms and final details now.
Will Bayern Munich try to counter or is it too late?
Update — January 8th, 5:30PM EST: No fees agreed upon for Drăgușin by Bayern or Spurs?
According to Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), neother Bayern Munich nor Tottenham Hotspur have agreed on any type of transfer fee with Genoa for Radu Drăgușin:
Neither Bayern nor Tottenham have agreed a fee with Genoa for Radu Drăgușin. The Romanian defender is thought to be open to joining either Bayern or Spurs this month and expects clarity on his future this week.
Bayern beating Spurs to the signing of Drăgușin may also have implications for Dier’s chances of joining former teammate Harry Kane in Bavaria.
Update — January 8th, 5:05PM EST: Bayern back in front of Spurs for Drăgușin?
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Bayern Munich has leapt over both Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli for Genoa center-back Radu Drăgușin:
- @Gazzetta_it is also reporting that Drăgușin is 'one step away' from Bayern. The German club overtook Tottenham and Napoli. Offer of €25m plus €5m add-ons linked to the player's appearances. 20% of the fee goes to Juventushttps://t.co/tOGPDHvTXM— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) January 8, 2024
This story has taken some crazy turns today, eh?
Update — January 8th, 10:00AM EST: Spurs might fend off Bayern for Drăgușin
As much as Bayern Munich might be trying to hijack a move for Genoa center-back Radu Drăgușin, it looks like Tottenham Hotspur might have a leg up on the Bavarians — at least according to what Fabrizio Romano is reporting during a chat with @OptaAnalyst via @iMiaSanMia):
Negotiations between Tottenham and Genoa are at an advanced stage for a fee of €25 million plus add-ons, but the Italian club want €30m. Bayern Munich are also interested in case Spurs deal won’t be closed soon. But Drăgușin has already agreed personal terms with Tottenham and they remain favourites. Spurs have been scouting the defender for a long time.
Radu Drăgușin, 21 years old, the target of Tottenham and Napoli in this market, the two clubs bidding for the central defender from Genoa at the beginning of January, could see him sign with Bayern Munich, Gazeta Sporturilur sources claim.
The duel between Spurs and Napoli for the 21-year-old central defender has seen both clubs bidding since the opening of the market in an attempt to convince Genoa to give in and decrease from the 30 million euros requested so far. This is a surprising piece of information appears in the world of football: The “tricolor” would be on Bayern Munich’s list and, more than that, the German champion would be interested in transferring him immediately!
The report went on to state that Drăgușin’s agent was meeting with Genoa tonight to discuss his client:
Drăgușin’s agent, Florin Manea, who returned to Italy for the match Bologna - Genoa (1-1) and to deal with the directors of the Rossoblu, answered the phone of Gazeta Sporturilor on Sunday evening, saying: “On Monday I’m meeting with Genoa officials to discuss Radu’s situation.”
He did not want to confirm that the “tricolor” could sign with Bayern: “I don’t know anything about this information.” Bayern has no financial problem to buy a player for 30 million euros, the price demanded by Genoa in exchange for Drăgușin.
Since that report dropped, the German media has chimed in:
Sky Sport journalist Florian Plettenberg
News #Dragusin: FC Bayern has informed about the 21 y/o in the last days. Bosses informed about contract and transfer details.— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 8, 2024
Possible transfer fee is €25m + bonus payments at this stage.
Been told: Tottenham & Neapel are the most concrete options at this stage.… pic.twitter.com/BooVvQuyIz
Sport Bild reporter Christian Falk
However, Fabrizio Romano says that Tottenham Hotspur has had “positive” contacts with Genoa on a deal for Drăgușin — and that the deal is “advancing to the final stages of negotiations”:
⚪️ Understand Tottenham had new positive contacts with Genoa for Radu Dragusin deal!— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 7, 2024
Deal advancing to final stages of the negotiations.
Spurs hope to get the deal done next week as talks continue, it’s all on verbal proposals waiting for the final, official bid. pic.twitter.com/geRWHrKOHM
Drăgușin does not have the versatility that Bayern Munich has been rumored to be craving, but he is young and looks to be a move for the future — and not just next six months. Overall, Drăgușin has played 131 games as a center-back and just 10 as a right-back. If Bayern does get Drăgușin, we could still see a move for a player more familiar with playing right-back.