According to sources that spoke to Football Insider, Tottenham Hotspur is still interested in signing Genoa defender Radu Dragusin.
Ange Postecoglou’s team is “very active” in their pursuit of the centre back, but a trade won’t be completed anytime soon, according to editor Wayne Veysey, who spoke with Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast.
Earlier in the week, Dragusin’s agent Florin Manea stated that his client is content with the Serie A club and hinted that he won’t be departing during the current transfer window.
Football Insider has learned from sources that Genoa is willing to sell the Romanian international for a price of up to £25 million.
Football Insider reported on December 31 that Spurs are in regular contact with Dragusin’s team in order to complete the transaction this month, with Fabio Paratici, their former director of football, acting as the deal’s driving force.
Despite Napoli’s interest in the player complicating their chase, Tottenham and the player are still in contact in hopes of reaching a deal.
Despite this, the London giants are well-positioned to reach an agreement on a loan-to-buy agreement for Timo Werner, which would represent a second January deal.
As he completes the transfer, the Germany striker will go through a Tottenham medical on Sunday, according to information that was first reported by Football Insider on Saturday.
Dragusin has started every game for Genoa in every competition this season and is a staple in the back line.
He has two goals in Serie A: the equaliser in Genoa’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan last month and the game-winning goal against Hellas Verona.
The 21-year-old’s release clause was activated by the club during his loan from Juventus, allowing him to transfer to Genoa for an estimated £4.7 million.
The Rossoblu would now anticipate obtaining a far higher price for Dragusin, who is eager to join the Premier League.
After defeating Bournemouth 3-1 on New Year’s Eve, Tottenham is currently ranked fifth in the Premier League standings. They will next play Burnley at home in the FA Cup on Friday, January 5.