Crystal Palace is outbidding Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United for another potential defender.

Radu Dragusin, who is valued at £35 million, is in ‘advanced talks’ with Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace, among others.

That’s according to Florin Manea, the Genoa defender’s vocal agent.

Manea was the one who confirmed Radu Dragusin had received ‘written offers’ from Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, and Tottenham Hotspur in 2021.
While he was more hesitant to name the clubs in question this time, the Romanian did concede that conversations about a possible mega-money move to English football are ‘already’ starting.

Radu Dragusin might be re-signed by Tottenham or Newcastle.
“There are already advanced talks with several Premier League clubs,” Manea says to EuroSport. “Genoa is looking for between 35 and 40 million euros.”

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“We’ll see what happens in the winter.” We may reach an agreement on a transfer (in January) but stay with Genoa until the summer,” Manea says. “After the 45 matches he started last year, Radu now needs to play match after match in Genoa, in Serie A.”

According to additional remarks obtained by Sport Italia, Manea says that, while negotiations are ongoing, none of Dragusin’s suitors have filed an official ‘proposal’ at this time.

‘I have offices in London’
“It’s just a matter of chatting. It is normal that there are many clubs interested in him, because he is a young player, born in 2002, who plays in Serie A and does it very well,” the agent adds.

“Then I have offices in London, and I know everyone there. If Genoa gets the money they ask for him, then we will all be happy.”

Manea’s connections in the English capital may potentially indicate that Tottenham and/or Crystal Palace are back in the conversation. Spurs are likely to prioritise a new centre-half in 2024; Eric Dier not part of Ange Postecoglou’s long-term plans.

Do not be surprised to see Newcastle renew their interest in the Bucharest-born 21-year-old either. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants another right-sided defender, and Dragusin fits the bill.



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