Fabio Paratici is expected to sell Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks this summer, according to reports…
Football Insider claimed that the incoming sporting director will tell the Spurs academy product that the north London outfit will listen to offers for him, and he could be sold for less than £30m.
The 25-year-old slipped down the pecking order last season and that isn’t expected to change under a new manager, so the Italian has been tasked with negotiating his departure.
Whilst no interested parties are mentioned in the report, it is suggested that behind-the-scenes talks have already commenced about a potential move.
Winks has gone from being one of Mauricio Pochettino’s favourites to a forgotten figure at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in just a few years.
The former Spurs boss once described him as the “perfect midfield player”, drawing comparisons to Spanish greats Andres Iniesta and Xavi, via the Evening Standard.
However, in 2020/21, the ten-cap England international was restricted to a mere nine league starts, with just one appearance coming in Jose Mourinho’s final 13 games in charge. In total, he registered 1,995 minutes of action in all competitions, primarily playing in Europe, as per Transfermarkt.
This could be the first sign that Spurs are indeed heading towards a new era, and Paratici will need to offload plenty of deadwood if he’s to transform the faltering Lilywhites.
Winks is still young and is a player who could certainly help generate some much-needed finances ahead of the summer transfer window. If the new sporting director can get in excess of £25m-£30m for him, then it’ll be his first masterclass at the club.
The £18m-rated midfielder has never really set the place alight in north London, failing to average above a mediocre 6.57 WhoScored rating in any of his five Premier League campaigns since making his debut in November 2014.
In response to Football Insider’s report, plenty of supporters were rather delighted by reports that Winks could be moved on. As relayed by This is Futbol, many were behind the decision, claiming that he’s “not good enough,” that he’s “one of many players” Paratici needs to offload, and that it was “finally some good news” from the club.
All in all, if the former Juventus chief can get rid of Winks for a decent fee, he could become a hit with the fans right off the bat.