Destiny Udogie’s agent, Stefano Antonelli has revealed that Juventus and Inter Milan also tried to sign the Italy Under-21 international this summer.
Tottenham reportedly agreed on a deal worth an initial £15.5m plus £6m in add-ons for Udogie during the summer window (Fabrizio Romano) before loaning the youngster back to Udinese for the remainder of the current campaign.
The 21-year-old hit the limelight with his impressive displays at left wing-back at Dacia Arena last season and he has started the new campaign with a bang.
Antonelli has now revealed that Tottenham faced competition from Italian giants Juventus and Inter, who were both keen on snapping Udogie.
He revealed that Nerazzurri sporting director, Piero Ausilio, even came up with a plan to bring the player to the San Siro, only to be beaten to the punch by Spurs.
Udogie’s agent told TuttoMercatoWeb: “That Inter were on the player is true. But it was an operation with economic connotations Inter could not support. It was not a viable trial. Although Ausilio created the conditions for the possibility to occur, as did Juventus. Tottenham have paid €20m plus another €6m in bonuses.”
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Having Paratici and Conte in charge means that Spurs are always likely to be keeping an eye on the best young talent emerging from the Italian market.
Given how well Udogie has started this season, it looks like the North London club might have pulled a masterstroke by snapping him up this summer before his value rises rapidly.
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