Tottenham Hotspur chief Fabio Paratici has submitted an enquiry for Memphis Depay, according to reports…
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claim that the Barcelona forward has been left intrigued about the prospect of returning to the Premier League, stalling a potential move to Serie A giants Juventus.
The influence of Paratici and manager Antonio Conte has left the Dutch international with something to think about.
Whilst many around north London will remember the 28-year-old from his time at Manchester United, which came at a very early time in his career, Depay has since won back his reputation as one of Europe’s best versatile forwards.
And Paratici could well repeat his trick with Dejan Kulusevski by recruiting him at Spurs.
The Swedish winger was very much an outcast at Juventus and arrived with plenty of doubts but now he’s arguably the most in-form player in the Premier League, having delivered more assists than anyone else since February this year.
That form earned him a move to the Catalan side, where he finished last season as their top goalscorer, despite losing his place in Xavi’s starting lineup to winter signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Depay could add more than just goals to this Tottenham side, though, as his passing ability is second to very few other attackers. His 48.11 attempts per 90 sees him rank within the top 1% of his positional peers across Europe, as per FBref, who also place him inside the top 3% for progressive carries.
Clearly, he likes to help create opportunities in the final third just as much as scoring them, which is why he could be a wise rotational option for Conte heading into the rest of the season, where Spurs will be competing in the Champions League.
Once lauded as a “magician” by journalist and presenter Deji Faremi, Paratici could make a smart signing in the Dutch dynamo, and one that has plenty of similarities to his deal for Kulusveski earlier in the year.