Why Chelsea and Tottenham are eyeing ‘Norwegian Neymar’ Antonio Nusa

Antonio Nusa attracted interest from Tottenham and Chelsea in January, with the Club Brugge starlet earning rave reviews this season.

The 19-year-old came extremely close to securing his dream Premier League move in January, and should be on the move this summer

For various reasons, the 2024 January transfer window was the quietest in recent memory. Even the Premier League – traditionally seen as the land of endless riches – was not insulated from this reality, with most of its clubs watching the recruitment period pass by without major incident.

There were a few exceptions to this rule, however. One such case was three London clubs’ committed attempts to bring Antonio Nusa to England. Tottenham and Chelsea are both understood to have contacted Club Brugge over the forward’s availability, though it was Brentford that eventually emerged as his most likely destination.

The Bees even managed to hammer out a £25 million ($31.1m) deal to sign the Norway international, before his medical flagged an issue with his knee cartilage and potential long-standing back problems. Thus, at the eleventh hour, Brentford pulled out of the running, leaving the highly-rated teenager to see out the season in Belgian’s top-flight.

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No doubt Nusa would have been left a little frustrated by how events played out, but there’s still plenty of time for him to earn his big move. In fact, it’s likely that this summer will see a host of Europe’s top clubs take a fresh look at the precocious talent. But is the hype justified? GOAL has taken an in-depth look at the record-setting wideman…

Where it all began

Born in Eastern Norway in April 2005, Nusa began his footballing journey at local team Langhus IL. Then, aged 13, he attracted the attention of one the area’s bigger clubs: Stabaek Fotball.

After impressing in the youth teams, he was handed a three-year professional contract in 2021, with the then-16-year-old Nusa saying: “It’s very fun. It shows that the club has great faith in me. Today is a big day.”

Not long after signing that deal, he found himself among the first-team ranks. After a handful of substitute appearances, the catalyst for him breaking into the senior side permanently was Stabaek shipping four goals before half-time against Bodo/Glimt in June.

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