With less than two weeks to go, Tottenham Hotspur are by no means finished in the transfer window…
According to renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who was speaking on Sky Sports News on Monday morning, the North London outfit are targeting another three signings at least.
Spurs have already signed the likes of Atalanta duo Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero, and Bryan Gil from Sevilla, but they appear to be targeting further additions before the end of the month.
He said (via a clip sourced by Football Daily):
“First of all, Fabio Paratici always works like this. He’s used to working on loads of different players for the same position, so for Tottenham fans, they should get used to this kind of work from Fabio Paratici.
“Now he’s going for another centre-back. He wants another centre-back for Tottenham. We will see if it’ll be Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina – also West Ham are interested in him – or a different player but he could be one of the candidates, one of the options at centre-back for Tottenham.
“They are also looking for a midfielder. They have had contact with Cagliari for Nahitan Nandez. A Uruguayan midfielder who’s an interesting player. Inter wanted him before signing Denzel Dumfries from PSV Eindhoven.
“And [they are] also [in] for a back-up striker if Harry Kane will stay because they are looking for this kind of solution or a replacement, of course, if Harry Kane will leave the club. Keep an eye on Dusan Vlahovic, the striker of Fiorentina. Atletico Madrid want him but they have no agreement with Fiorentina or the player. Tottenham are still keen on him. Fiorentina want around €70m, so it won’t be easy.”
Spurs kickstarted the new Premier League season in the perfect way, getting the Nuno Santo era off to the perfect start with a 1-0 victory over defending champions Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Of all the new arrivals, only Romero featured as he came off the bench in the final minute of regular time to make his debut.
It’s understandable that the Portuguese did not throw the Argentine straight in the deep end as he had only just returned from an injury he picked up during the Copa America final.
Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier were selected instead. However, despite their clean sheet and impressive performances, they were two players who were key to their defensive problems last season.
Individual mistakes not only led to Spurs recording the worst defensive record of any of the ‘big six’ but the aforementioned duo were deemed to be “one of the worst partnerships in the Premier League” by ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara on talkSPORT.
That’s why they need yet another centre-back addition, so it’s hugely encouraging news that it’s a clear aim for Paratici.
What makes this latest development even more exciting is that he’s after a midfielder and striker to bolster Nuno’s squad depth. Players like Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks are pretty poor backups and were both mooted with an exit throughout the off-season.
Meanwhile, this ongoing Kane saga is certainly going to go down to the wire, so the Lilywhites need to plan for all eventualities. Currently he has no backup, with last season’s loan alternative Carlos Vinicius back at Benfica.
Similarly, if Kane does join Manchester City, it would leave Nuno with no striker. On Sunday, he opted for Heung-min Son in attack. He scored the winning goal but again, if he’s to be a striker, then he will also need a backup.
Therefore, as the transfer window draws to a close, the Spurs faithful will surely be buoyed by Romano’s fresh update on Spurs’ likely transfer plans. A perfect start to the season could be matched by some more phenomenal work by Paratici.
Only time will tell if Spurs can make it a super six of new signings.