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New twist in Juventus starlet saga leaves Tottenham in the dark


Young defender Radu Dragusin may now have a future at Juventus beyond this season after a reported change in stance by the Italian club.

The 19-year-old came up through the Juve youth ranks after moving to Turin in 2018. The Romania Under-21 ace has featured mainly for the club’s Under-23s this term.

He is due to fall out of contract at the end of the current campaign. It was thought that the Serie A giants had no intention of offering him new terms.

That alerted Tottenham while RB Leipzig’s name has also been mentioned in connection with the player. But Italian newspaper Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) have offered a new take on the situation.

They claim that the centre-back is now set to be offered a new deal to remain with the Old Lady. He has seen some recent first-team action in the Coppa Italia, playing against both Genoa and SPAL.

And his displays have convinced the club that he is worth persevering with. Injuries to Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini mean Andrea Pirlo is a bit light at the back.

He might therefore be handed a few league outings as well before the end of the season. Juve are said to be working on a new contract for star forward Paulo Dybala.

And now it seems as though the money men have turned their attention to Dragusin.

Clubs waiting to pounce

The Bucharest-born stopper is reportedly taking his time over the proposed new deal. Juventus want him to sign in order to prevent him leaving for nothing in the summer.

But they have left it late as he can already negotiate with foreign clubs. His representatives are said to be cautious about a renewal, with no guarantees over playing time.

Tottenham are thought to be playing a waiting game, with Leipzig in the same situation. It may be that other clubs enter the fray for a player seemingly undervalued by Juve until the last few weeks.

The north Londoners would be able to sign a pre-contract with him. But the latest news appears to have just muddied the waters.

Jose Mourinho is thought to be a big fan of the centre-half but his own future at Spurs is in doubt. There are those who feel he has not done enough to keep his job but the Portuguese coach remains confident.

 

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