Son·Ke almost became a new partner… Lost due to knee injury

Gerard Deulofeu (28, Udinese) could have become a new partner for Son Heung-min (30) and Harry Kane (29). It was belatedly known that Tottenham Hotspur 메이저사이트(England) showed interest in reinforcing the attack during the winter transfer market and went to the brink of signing.

Reporter Fabrizio Romano, an expert on the European football transfer market, said on social network service (SNS) on the 3rd (Korean time), “Tottenham almost signed Deulofeu during the winter transfer market in January.” However, it ended up being canceled after suffering serious injuries.”

Last month, Tottenham pushed for reinforcements in attack as they suffered ups and downs due to injuries to Richarlison (25) and Dejan Kulusevski (22) and poor scoring power. In fact, after the season resumed with the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, only 7 goals were scored in 5 matches in all competitions until mid-January. The ‘reliance’ was so great that four of the seven goals were concentrated on Harry Kane (29).

Several strikers were on the list, and under the leadership of general manager Fabio Paratici (50, Italy), they started recruiting Deulofeu. Just in time, the contract period was less than two years left, so the transfer fee was cheap, and negotiations progressed rapidly as they actively stepped forward as there was no need for a separate adaptation problem because they had experienced the English Premier League (EPL) stage in the past.

But an unexpected injury got in the way. Tottenham gave up on the recruitment when Deulofeu was ruled out for the season on the 22nd due to a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee. Instead, the winter transfer market was completed by strengthening the offensive team by leasing Arnaud Danjuma (26), which he had in mind as the ‘second best’.

Deulo Feu grew up in the Barcelona (Spain) youth team and made his professional debut. He has been expected to be called ‘New Messi’ since childhood, but he did not survive the tough competition for the starting lineup. After all, he has been playing for Udinese (Italy) since 2020 after going through loans to Everton and Watford (above England).

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