Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly close to signing Gerard Deulofeu during the January transfer window.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Spanish forward is admired by the Tottenham hierarchy and they were keen on signing him last month. However, the player picked up an injury in January that led to the collapse of the transfer.
“This is a very surprising one. We know that Tottenham wanted a new offensive player. They were linked with Nicolo Zaniolo, then they got Danjuma on loan. I can reveal that Tottenham were considering a move for Gerard Deulofeu. He is doing incredible in Serie A. He has played for Everton, Watford and Barcelona in the past,” Romano said on YouTube.
“An important player who was very appreciated by the board. The deal was almost done for Deulofeu to join Tottenham, but he had a serious injury and was not available anymore on the market before joining Tottenham.”
Deulofeu has been in impressive form this season and the 28-year-old could have been a quality acquisition for Tottenham. The Spaniard has scored 3 goals and picked up 7 assists across all competitions for Udinese and his ability to slot into multiple attacking roles would have been a huge bonus for Antonio Conte.
The Italian manager needed to add more depth to his attack and he has done that with the arrival of Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Spanish club Villarreal.
Deulofeu has played in the Premier League before and he could have made an immediate impact at Tottenham. The Spaniard has a contract with Udinese until the summer of 2024 and it will be interesting to see if Tottenham try and sign him at the end of the season.
Udinese will feel that the summer transfer window is their final opportunity to get a sizeable fee for the 28-year-old and they could consider selling him for the right price.