Destiny Udogie, a defender for Tottenham Hotspur, has had a strong first season in the Spurs starting lineup thus far.
The agent for the Tottenham player has now blasted the biggest clubs in Serie A for not pressing Spurs for their client’s signature years ago.
Stefano Antonelli stated in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb that “there wasn’t the impetus” to make a move for Udogie from Italy’s top football teams.
Udogie was tipped for stardom by a number of football luminaries, including Fabrizio Romano, when Tottenham signed him from Udinese in 2022.
In accordance with the agreement, the 20-year-old spent the previous season in Udine. We’re finally getting to see how good he looks in a Tottenham shirt this term.
For Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs, Udogie has played in ten Premier League games and provided two assists for his teammates.
While Tottenham is benefiting from their efforts to sign Udogie, Italy’s footballing powerhouses are left to speculate about what could have been.
Only Udinese owner Gino Pozzo received praise for signing Udogie after he rose through the ranks at Hellas Verona, as Antonelli expressed his disapproval of the situation.
If there’s one thing Italian clubs still struggle with today, he told TMW, it’s having the guts to invest in young players.
“I challenge anyone to tell me which Italian club didn’t want Udogie. They are welcome to come. Everyone desired him.
Gino Pozzo was the only one who expedited the transaction. After ten months, he sold him for €26 million, having paid €2.8 million for his purchase.
He no longer has a set price for what he is doing. However, we had conversations with Juventus, Milan, and Inter.
“Destine liked by all.” Although he was wanted by all, there was not enough pressure to close the deal at that time. In Serie A, we don’t invest in Italian players.
Tottenham strike gold as Udogie backed to become Spurs legend
With Udogie, Tottenham has truly struck gold. He looks like a top-tier Premier League player at just 20 years old, and Spurs acquired him for a mere £21 million (ESPN).
Due to his success, Tottenham great Micky Hazard recently declared Udogie the greatest left-back in Spurs history.
Udogie’s head coach, Gabriele Cioffi, has called them “extraordinary.”
Meanwhile, the elite of Italy have received nothing. To even get Tottenham to the negotiation table right now, they would need to make enormous offers.
Similarly, Serie A’s biggest clubs passed up on Leeds United’s Wilfried Gnonto and Guglielmo Vicario, two more players who appear capable of becoming stars for Italy.
Male alleggia, chi tardi arriva – you lose when you sleep.