One player who will not be signing at St James’ Park this summer is regularly linked Juventus talent Radu Drăgușin.
After signing a new long-term contract with the Serie A giants over the weekend, the player’s agent – Florin Manea – has today told the Italian press that the 19-year-old turned down a summer move to Newcastle.
He claims that we were one of several clubs to show interest, stating the likes of Crystal Palace and Tottenham were also tracking the highly-rated centre-back.
Here’s what Manea told TuttoJuve when asked about the interest he received before ending speculation of a summer move and committing his future to Juventus:
“Yes, I can confirm that we have been contacted by several European clubs.
“Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Leipzig, Wolfsburg and even Tottenham were interested in the player, we presented the offers to the boy who, however, had no doubts and wanted to stay at Juventus.
“He grew up here, now they know him and he has adapted, Radu considers the club one of the top five teams in the world.
“We are very happy, we waited a while but it was worth it. Radu will have the opportunity to fight with the best in the world, he has a great desire to stay here and will work hard to become the starter in the future. his will “.
It does not surprise me that we were in the market for a young centre-back – especially one who was due to leave for a small compensation fee this summer had he refused to sign a new deal.
After all, the youngest in our current crop is Jamaal Lascelles at 27, with Fernandez and Clark in their 30’s and the likes of Clark and Fernandez 31 and 32 respectively.
One to scratch off the list of potential cut-price summer signings!