Early this year, Newcastle were trying to get Juventus defender Radu Dragusin to sign a pre-contract as he had just months remaining on his deal. The young Romanian was in high demand with Juventus struggling to convince him to remain in Turin.
Dragusin had made his debut for the Italian giants earlier in the season. However, he made just 4 appearances overall and his prevailing desire was to get first-team football.
In April, Juventus finally convinced the 19-year-old to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal. After the extension was announced, his agent confirmed Newcastle were in contact with his client.
This is what Dragusin’s agent Florin Manea said at the time:
“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.”
There’s news coming out of Italy that new Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has put the promising young center-back up for sale. Sport Witness have cited a report from Calciomercato that Dragusin is now looking for a new club.
The report doesn’t name Newcastle but with our interest confirmed from earlier in the year, maybe he could re-emerge as a target. Of course, Newcastle’s previous interest may have hinged on him being a free agent this summer. With him signing his new contract, he’ll cost significantly more.
There is no fee mentioned in this latest report but Crystal Palace, RB Leipzig, and Sassuolo are named as potential landing spots. Bruce is looking to add some youth to the backline and while at 19 he may be a bit young for this season, Dragusin could be one to watch to see if he ends up back on Newcastle’s radar.
It looks like Newcastle will lose teenage sensation Bobby Clark to Liverpool. Newcastle have offered the 16-year-old a scholarship but according to Miles Starforth with the Shields Gazette, he’s decided his future lies at Anfield.
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) July 23, 2021