Tottenham Hotspur’s likely new sporting director Fabio Paratici could bring a Juventus star with him to North London, according to reports in Italy…
Tuttomercatoweb claim that veteran centre-back Leonardo Bonucci could be a target for Spurs, with the same outlet suggesting that the 48-year-old Paratici is just one step away from being hired by Daniel Levy.
It’s thought that the Lilywhites are keen to bolster their defence ahead of the new season, so the Italian defender’s links to the club should come as no surprise given Paratici’s history with him.
At the age of 34, it remains to be seen how much Bonucci would command, especially as he’s under contract until 2024, though CIES Football Observatory currently values him at around £13m.
A player of his calibre could be exactly what Spurs are needing to transform their struggling defence.
Defensive mistakes and a serious lack of cohesion was the main Achilles heel throughout the 2020/21 campaign, with Jose Mourinho naming over 16 different combinations as he tried to battle their inconsistencies.
Truth be told, the likes of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez just aren’t good enough – or at least are lacking a player like Bonucci.
The 34-year-old colossus has earned plenty of plaudits in the past, including the ‘Special One,’ who described him as “amazing” after a strong performance against his Manchester United side in 2018.
Pep Guardiola has waxed lyrical about his qualities too, sensationally claiming that he was “one of my favourite ever players,” whilst former AC Milan teammate Hakan Calhanoglu once hailed the 6 foot 3 beast as a “great leader.”
That endorsement is perhaps the most appealing, given Alasdair Gold’s claims that Spurs are looking specifically for a leader at the back this summer as their utmost priority.
Despite his advancing years, the long-serving centre-back still played 35 times in all competitions and if no one in the Premier League should be put off by a player’s age anymore after witnessing the impact of Thiago Silva at Chelsea.
He’s just clinched another Champions League title at 36.
Bonucci, who has won nine league titles and nine domestic cups, evidently still has plenty in his locker and if Levy wants to fix Spurs’ biggest problem for whoever the next manager is, then he should get behind a swoop for the Italy international.
He could well give the Lilywhites their very own Silva.
AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano drops worrying Spurs managerial claim…