Bayern Munich succeeded in hijacking handsome Romanian center back Radu Dragusin.
According to Niccolo Scira, an Italian journalist specializing in the European football transfer market, Radu Dragusin’s agent Florin Manea has agreed on personal terms with Munich. He will receive an annual salary of 2 million euros (about 2.8 billion won) plus a bonus for four and a half years until 2028.
In addition, Munich plans to pay 30 million euros (about 43.3 billion won) to Genoa to complete the recruitment, beating other clubs. According to Romania’s Digisport, the total is 30 million euros, with a base salary of 24 million euros plus a bonus of 6 million euros based on appearance allowances and qualification for the UEFA Champions League.
Previously, the closest to recruiting Dragusin was Tottenham, whose center back resources were completely wiped out. 토토사이트
Tottenham is focusing on reinforcing center backs in this winter transfer market. Starting center backs Mickey van der Pen and Christian Romero both went down with hamstring injuries, leaving Eric Dier as the only specialist center back. Recently, Tottenham has had difficulty forming a starting lineup, such as forming a defensive line with only fullback resources.
What caught the eye of Tottenham was Dragusin, a handsome Romanian center back born in 2002.
Although he is only 21 years old, he is a key defender for Genoa, starting all 17 Serie A matches as a full-time starter this season.
A former member of the prestigious Juventus youth team in Serie A, he was loaned to Genoa, a member of the second division Serie B, in the summer of 2022, and was permanently transferred for a transfer fee of 5.5 million euros (about 7.9 billion won) in January of last year. He performed well last season, scoring 4 goals despite being a defender. Genoa finished second in the league and succeeded in being promoted to the first division.
This season, Dragusin is playing full time as a starter. He blocked the dribble penetration of Serie A attackers and showed strength in aerial duels. With his sturdy physique of 191cm in height, he stood out in one-on-one marking and set-piece attack power. In Italy, attention was paid to him as a large center back to succeed Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), who was selected as the best defender in Serie A last season.
Regarding his performance, soccer statistics media ‘Squawka’ said, “Dragushin has won the most aerial duels (53) among Serie A defenders this season,” and added, “And he has allowed only one dribble break so far.” “He explained.
Fabrizio Romano, a journalist specializing in European soccer news, reported on social media on the 31st of last month that Dragusin was close to a transfer to Tottenham, saying, “It is understood that Tottenham has agreed to personal terms for a long-term contract with Radu Dragusin.”
“Dragusin doesn’t think about money at all,” said Dragusin’s agent, Florin Manea, on Italian TV Play. “He only thinks about his growth prospects and the team he can play for,” he said. “There have been many contacts from teams in Saudi Arabia as well.” “Dragusin didn’t want to listen to any of their proposals,” he said.
He continued, “Personally, I have not received any contact from Napoli, AS Roma or AC Milan. Dragusin has no intention of leaving Genoa during the season. Moving mid-season would be like leaving unfinished business for Dragusin. He dismissed the possibility of a transfer, saying, “We have been in contact with Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, but at the moment he has no intention of leaving.”
However, Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the global sports media The Athletic, said on the 3rd, “Dragusin has become Tottenham’s top priority. All that remains is an agreement between Tottenham and Genoa. The transfer fee will be 30 million euros,” and “Tottenham can pay up to 25 million euros ( “We are thinking up to about 35.8 billion won. We need to narrow the gap with the amount Genoa wants. It is highly likely that the transfer will take place within the next 48 hours,” he said, announcing that the transfer was imminent.
Rudi Galletti, an Italian transfer market expert, also said on the same day, “Tottenham will soon conclude a contract with Genoa regarding Dragusin. Dragusin wants to transfer to Tottenham and has already agreed to personal terms,” and added, “The transfer fee is 27 million euros. “We are discussing to increase it to ,” he added.
If the transfer goes through, Dragusin will become the most expensive player in Romanian history. He surpasses Adrian Mutu (19 million euros), who moved from Parma to Chelsea in 2003.
Romano reported on his SNS account on the 6th, “It is understood that Tottenham has made new contact with Genoa to recruit Radu Dragusin.”
Tottenham is known to be the first to have already reached a personal agreement with Dragusin, but is engaged in a tug-of-war with Genoa over the transfer fee. Tottenham is negotiating to lower the transfer fee as much as possible, but Genoa is sticking to 30 million euros (about 42.9 billion won) for Dragusin.
In response, Romano explained: “It is understood that Tottenham have made new contact with Genoa for Dragusin. Negotiations are still ongoing and are expected to continue over the weekend.”
He added, “Personal terms remain agreed with Tottenham. Genoa are demanding a guaranteed transfer fee of 30 million euros, and Tottenham are expected to make an official bid soon.”
Just as the transfer to Tottenham was getting closer, Munich entered the war. Nizar Kinsella, a reporter for the British Evening Standard, reported on the 8th, “Tottenham is facing a threat from Bayern Munich, which is seeking to sign Radu Dragusin.”
Kinsella said: “Tottenham are continuing to discuss a move for Dragusin and are hoping to complete a deal this week. However, Munich are also considering centre-back options in the January winter transfer window and have put Dragusin on their shortlist. “I put it down,” he explained.
He added, “It is believed that Munich’s interest in Dragusin is not yet at an advanced stage, but according to Romanian media reports, Munich could meet Genoa’s demand of £25 million (approximately 41.9 billion won).”
Florian Plettenberg, a member of Sky Sports Germany and in charge of Munich news, also said, “Dragusin has been added to the list to be recruited by Munich. In the process of finding a new defender, a new name has been added to the list. Internal discussions about Dragusin are underway within the club.” “Over the past few days, the Munich board has found out about Dragusin’s contract situation and other transfer details,” he said, adding that Munich has started recruiting Dragusin.
In the end, Munich succeeded in hijacking Dragusin by matching the transfer fee demanded by Genoa. The hijacking was successfully accomplished by concluding a personal agreement with the agent. Tottenham lost Dragusin right before their eyes.