Agent says Tottenham beat two giant clubs to sign ‘exceptional’ £18m ace


Tottenham Hotspur fought off competition from Serie A giants Inter Milan and Juventus to sign Udinese starlet Destiny Udogie, the Premier League wing-back’s agent told Tuttomercatoweb.

Earlier this month, a former Spurs boss found out the hard way why the 19-year-old Italy U21 international has so many admirers.

Udogie took charge after Udinese’s 4-0 rout of Jose Mourinho’s Roma; He picked up where he left off during the epic battle at the Stadio Friuli.

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Tottenham have invested an initial £18 million in Udogie. The left-back, a fixture in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation, arrived in North London last summer after returning to Udinese on loan.

Tottenham Hotspur won the race to sign Destiny Udogie

“Inter (want to) the player is true,” said Stefano Antonelli, Udogie’s agent.

“But it’s a matter of economic information that Inter can’t support. It’s not good, even if (Inter’s sporting director Piero) Ausilio made the conditions for the possibility to happen. Like Juventus.

“Tottenham has paid 20 million euros, and 6 million more for bonuses. He has to do what he knows how to do. On November 28th, he will be 20 years old. He must continue on the path of growth, as he has been doing.

Udogie, who was also linked with Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer, has seven goals and three assists since the start of last season from the so-called ‘striker’ role.

His arrival raises questions about Ryan Sessegnon’s future at Spurs. The former Fulham winger has been promoted under Conte. But Sessegnon will compete for his place with Udogie all around.

“We all saw what kind of player he was last year,” said Udinese coach Andrea Sottil, who labeled Udogie a ‘fantastic’ talent. “His forwards are important to us and he has a lot of room for improvement. In his ball movement, for example.”

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