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Fabio Paratici can seal Spurs transfer masterclass in cunning swap deal

Tottenham Hotspur chief Fabio Paratici could be lining up another masterclass in the transfer market this summer…

What’s the word?

According to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero (via Sport Witness), LaLiga giants Barcelona are planning to make an offer for left-back Sergio Reguilon, who is free to leave Spurs before deadline day.

However, they are unable to pay much due to their complex financial situation, so they are keen on a swap deal, in which Memphis Depay could be sent in the other direction.

It’s thought that Paratici has been offering the Spanish defender around to clubs and the Catalan outfit view him as a viable alternative to the ageing Jordi Alba.

The north Londoners have been linked with interest in Depay for much of the summer.

A swap in Spurs’ favour

Spurs really ought to consider this proposal as Depay would add a lot to manager Antonio Conte’s attack, especially given his versatility.

Paratici has already delivered big this off-season, signing as many as six new players, including a £60m swoop for Richarlison and a £25m move for Yves Bissouma.

Reguilon clearly has no part to play under the Italian head coach, seeing as he was left behind for their pre-season trip to South Korea and has effectively been replaced by summer signing Ivan Perisic. who is tried and trusted by Conte.

There is little point in keeping him around if he’s not going to play, so swapping him for Depay could be a very smart decision. Some reports suggest that Spurs are in the market for a creative influence and to an extent, the Netherlands international would bring that and more.

Despite losing his place at the Nou Camp, the former Lyon gem ended the 2021/22 campaign as their top league goalscorer on 12 goals.

Meanwhile, as per FBref, Depay ranks inside the top 1% for passes (48.11 per 90), the top 3% for progressive carries (7.37 per 90) and the top 6% for progressive passes (3.26 per 90) when compared to other forwards across Europe.

Should Spurs swap Reguilon for Depay?

YES!

YES!

NO!

NO!

The versatile frontman, once lauded as a “special talent” by Dutch legend Marco van Basten, can evidently provide the sort of creativity that Harry Kane and Heung-min Son need, on top of his finishing threat.

Valued at £33m by CIES Football Observatory, Spurs would be getting decent value in a swap for Reguilon, who cost the north Londoners around £32m. If Paratici can pull this one off, then it would be yet another masterclass from the Italian supremo.

AND in other news, Alasdair Gold reveals big Harry Kane update

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