The Antonio Nusa saga has taken another unexpected twist, with the Brentford deal now on the brink of collapse.
Tottenham had been actively pursuing the talented winger throughout the week, with talks progressing and even reportedly reaching a verbal agreement on personal terms with the player.
It looked like a deal is done and imminent, but the news broke yesterday morning that the Premier League rivals have successfully hijacked the deal from under Spurs’ noses and are now favourites to sign him.
Multiple sources confirmed the reports, indicating that the player was set to undergo a medical and finalise the move to Brentford.
But the latest twist comes with the news of a deal with Brentford close to collapsing.
According to journalist Sacha Tavolieri, the player failed his medical, with the club uncovering issues such as a piece of loose cartilage in his knee and persistent back problems.
🐝🇳🇴 Been told medical tests failed hypothesis expanding. #BrentfordFC discovered the piece of loose cartilage in Antonio Nusa’s knee and persistent back issues that need managing.
🔵⚫️ #ClubBrugge detected it also, thinking it wouldn’t make any trouble to make the deal happen… pic.twitter.com/C0B9mBVKzK
— Sacha Tavolieri (@sachatavolieri) January 29, 2024
Other reputable journalists have also confirmed the news. Ben Jacobs claims that the deal is ‘almost certainly off’ due to the knee and back issues.
🚨 Exclusive: Brentford's deal for Antonio Nusa is now almost certainly off. Reason is due to knee and back issues during the medical. It's understood the knee issue is potentially quite serious. pic.twitter.com/XescHpVZTc
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 29, 2024
Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas claims that despite the complications, it may not be over yet but doors have potentially opened for other suitors including Tottenham and Chelsea.
#Brentfordfc’s deal for Antonio Nusa stalling. Complications. Not over yet but door potentially opening to others. #Chelsea and #Tottenham have also had an interest in him. https://t.co/OzHTtF6aQx #Bees #thfc #cfc pic.twitter.com/RkwvkpzGxN
— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) January 29, 2024
It remains to be seen where this saga goes from here? Will any of the interested parties take a risk by signing him despite his injury issues, given the amount of talent he possesses?
Certainly one to keep an eye on as we enter the last two days of the transfer window.