North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are the front-runners in the race for wantaway Udinese centre-back Rodrigo Becao.
According to Tutto Udinese, Arsenal and Tottenham are leading the chase for Rodrigo Becao, with Udinese likely to sell for a reasonable offer in January. The Brazilian centre-back’s contract is up in 2024, with the Italian club ready to concede their efforts to renew terms.
The January transfer window usually takes a lot of work for clubs to find bargain deals. Every team wants to sell their top players at a different value and seek better prices from suitors. However, there do come deals along the way that excites the bigwigs.
Udinese’s Brazilian centre-back Rodrigo Becao, a player of high calibre, is reportedly available for sale in January. Not only is the defender a top-rated star, but he has also proven with his performances that a role at a big club beckons.
His contractual situation is stiffening the prospect for Udinese to keep him for the longer term. The Brazilian centre-back is unhappy with the new offer, which may force the Serie A club to consider offers in January.
There is interest from Juventus in the Brazilian centre-back, which would be ideal considering he is comfortable in Italy. However, the attraction of playing in the Premier League from a sporting and financial point of view could prove tempting for Becao.
The 24-year-old is attracting plenty of interest from Premier League clubs. Arsenal, Tottenham, and Everton are vying for his signature, with the north London duo being front-runners for the Brazilian. Becao’s price and talent will prove attractive for even the most prominent teams.
Tottenham are in the market for at least two new centre-backs. Realistically, they will expect to sign one in January. Antonio Conte is not pleased with his current options, which have cost them plenty of points this season.
For Tottenham, the key targets are either expensive or beyond reach. Hence, Conte has decided to step up the interest in Becao ahead of the next window. For one, he might cost around €15 million, while his quality will prove valuable for Tottenham to shore up the backline.
But Tottenham face competition from north London rivals Arsenal, who remain in the market for a new centre-back. While the current group has proved their mettle by shipping in the joint fewest goals after 14 games, Mikel Arteta knows about the pressure on some of his regular stars.
For instance, Gabriel Magalhaes has played in most games. Due to a lack of cover for the Brazilian, Arteta has played him in the UEFA Europa League and cup games. He is also the manager’s preferred starter alongside William Saliba. Bringing in a player of Becao’s quality will elevate the quality of his defence and allow the Arsenal boss to rotate sufficiently.
As for Becao, he will evaluate all offers before deciding on his next club. For now, his time at Udinese is likely coming to an end. A move to the Premier League might materialise, although much will depend on where he gets a significant role and ample playing time.