In a recent report, Tuttomercatoweb mentioned that West Ham United are in the race to sign Udinese defender Rodrigo Becao. It is understood that the Hammers could face competition in the form of Everton and Arsenal among other clubs in pursuit of the Brazilian centre-back.
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Becao has endured an injury-plagued season at Udinese so far as he has missed a lot of important games for them in Serie A. However, he has still managed to put in a run of dominant displays for them on the defensive third of the pitch.
The 26-year-old has scored one goal and secured one assist in nine matches for the Italian club this season in various competitions. More importantly, the Brazilian sensation has managed to impress even after such an injury-ravaged start based on his average 3.0 tackles and 1.6 clearances per game in Serie A football. He has even distributed the ball relatively well from the back after making 79.5% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).
Becao’s current deal with Udinese will run out in 2024 which means that West Ham have got a good chance of securing his services for a bargain fee next summer when he will just have a year left to run at the Italian club.
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Becao doesn’t mind getting stuck in with a few crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition but needs to read the danger well if he wants to make more interceptions inside his half. The Brazilian sensation doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and is a good passer of the ball as well.
If Becao can stay fit and healthy, he would have a good shot at earning regular first-team football at the London Stadium. Hence, the Hammers would be wise to get him on board as he will be a decent fit for them next year.
At 26, Becao will only get better in the coming seasons but needs to find a way to adapt to the physical nature and high intensity of football in England if West Ham manage to win the race for him in 2023.