Crystal Palace target Radu Dragusin has his suitcase ready and is waiting for a club to agree on fees with Juventus for his summer transfer, according to Calciomercato.
Dragusin only renewed his contract with the Old Lady in April, pledging his future for the Serie A giants until 2025. Still, the Romanian already sees his future probably far from Turin, if he wants to play regularly next season.
Andrea Pirlo has only fielded the 19-year-old four times in all competitions in his only season in charge. The return of Maximiliano Allegri could have been a game-changer for Dragusin, but he seems to be questioning his chances.
Dragusin has his suitcase ready in case a team agree on fees with Juventus, with Crystal Palace among a handful of enthusiastic teams. RB Leipzig however compete with the Eagles, the German formation retaining its interest before signing an extension.
Sassuolo also admires Dragusin, but wants to sign him in a separate deal for Juventus’ pursuit of Manuel Locatelli. The old lady had offered a player-plus cash swap, with € 30m (£ 25.5m) plus Dragusin for the Euro 2020 winner, per Football-Italy.
Juventus value Dragusin at 10 million euros (£ 8.5million) as the physically large and fast applicator has no clear weak spots. He can also play right-back, but has failed to win since moving to Italy for € 250,000 (£ 200,000).
Dragusin is now set to leave Juventus for a club where he will play continuously, which could be Crystal Palace. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier this month that Patrick Vieira’s side made an offer but did not claim how much.
Crystal Palace longtime admirers of Juventus defender Dragusin
Dragusin gave Crystal Palace a clear boost in their pursuit, with the Juventus defender bracing for a move. The Eagles are longtime admirers of the U21 international, far beyond Vieira as Roy Hodgson’s replacement.
Center-half agent Florin Manea told GSP in May that the Eagles approached Juventus to discuss a loan deal. Sporting director Dougie Freedman was leading the pursuit of the natives of Selhurst Park and could now get his man.
Dragusin still has room for improvement, especially playing the ball from behind, but needs playing time – which Crystal Palace could provide and which Juventus are refusing – to realize his potential.
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