Tottenham Hotspur are expected to announce former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici as their new sporting director in the near future, and he will have one monumental job on his hands.
The North London outfit have appeared to be in freefall ever since losing the Champions League final to Liverpool.
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked, Jose Mourinho has come and gone, Harry Kane wants to leave, and there’s a new low of being in the Europa Conference League next season.
Having won 19 trophies in 11 years in Turin, the Italian talent-spotter is in for one hell of a task at Spurs, where a piece of silverware has escaped them for 13 years.
Paratici could bolster his impact immediately by making one major decision within the current squad, however.
Since the end of the 2020/21 season, a lot has been made on the future of right-back Serge Aurier.
Football Insider claimed last month that a return to former club Paris Saint-Germain was ‘95%’ done, with the Lilywhites set to clinch £20m-plus for his signature.
It has since gone quiet on the situation but comments from the player himself have emerged in the last week or so. During an interview with L’Equipe, the 28-year-old claimed:
“Everyone knows that if I wanted to extend my contract at Tottenham, I’d have already done so. I’m not going to do that in six months’ time. I’ve experienced the Premier League and a Champions League final. I’ve reached the end of a cycle and it’s time to look elsewhere.”
That is him practically saying his time at Spurs has come to an end, so it’s now on Paratici to generate as many funds as possible from his exit.
This could be a blessing in disguise for whoever takes the helm next season, with Spurs still on the search for Jose Mourinho’s successor.
As perfectly put by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher earlier in the year, Aurier is “one of the biggest liabilities in Premier League football” and is “a player who would possibly put you off management with the amount of crazy decision he makes.”
It’s not the first time that the 66-cap Ivory Coast international has been described in this manner as he clearly makes these mistakes regularly. Two former Spurs players have previously echoed Carragher’s thoughts.
Considering he is amongst the current high-earners at the club, earning a reported £120k-per-week, Paratici must absolutely look to move him on as one of his first pieces of business.
Valued at £18m, the incoming sporting director should be able to generate a decent amount from his departure this summer. If he does, then it’ll certainly be the perfect start to his reign in North London.