Incoming sporting director Fabio Paratici is aiming to make an instant impact at Tottenham Hotspur if emerging reports are to be believed…
According to Calciomercato, the Italian is on the verge of joining the North London outfit following 11 successful years at Serie A giants Juventus and he’s planning to bring a player or two with him.
One of whom is claimed to be attacking midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, who only joined the Turin-based club last summer following a £30m move from Atalanta.
He had been on loan to Parma, where he won the league’s Best Young Player of the Year award for the 2019/20 campaign.
It remains to be seen how much Daniel Levy would have to fork out for the 21-year-old, with Transfermarkt currently valuing his prospects at £36m.
The 13-time Sweden international is a hugely promising and versatile talent that could offer Spurs plenty in attack, especially considering the fact that he has drawn inspiration from Kevin de Bruyne.
In this campaign, Kulusevski has provided 14 direct goal contributions in 47 appearances in all competitions, playing in no fewer than seven different roles. They range from playing in behind the striker, on both flanks and in a deeper central midfield role.
Spurs have arguably lacked that cutting edge in the final third in the past 18 months, hardly a coincidence as that’s when Christian Eriksen swapped North London for Milan.
In the 21-year-old gem, Paratici could deliver an instant statement of his intentions.
According to experienced Italian coach Pierpaolo Bisoli, Kulusevski has shades of Mohamed Salah about him, which should give Spurs plenty of confidence in any swoop for him as the Egyptian winger has been a major hit in the Premier League ever since arriving from the Serie A in 2017.
“He has incredible physical strength. He reminds me of a young Salah for the way he shakes off opponents in the first ten metres,” the former Bologna and Cesena boss claimed.
Meanwhile, his form at the Allianz Stadium has earned the praise of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has often benefitted from his creative presence in attack. He dubbed the Swedish star a “great talent” with “great potential” to the club’s official website.
Kulusevski finished the campaign amongst Juventus’ most creative outlets, having averaged 1.5 key passes per outing, which was only bettered by one other player – Juan Cuadrado (two).
Paratici is largely credited for being a big part of their success in recent times and this includes his activity in the transfer market, so he should be trusted with whatever names he puts forward to Levy.
This is the sort of signing that could put Spurs back on track and it’ll certainly help the 48-year-old sporting director make an instant and positive impact on the fanbase after yet another abysmal season in the capital.
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