Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of a landmark appointment as the North London outfit are expected to announce former Juventus talent-spotter Fabio Paratici as their new sporting director this week, according to the BBC.
It’s a role that has not been filled since Franco Baldini left in 2015, so it certainly presents a new approach from chairman Daniel Levy and the Spurs hierarchy after what has been an abysmal 18 months or so.
Not only will the Italian be tasked with finding their next manager but he will likely have a huge rebuild on his hands to get the Lilywhites back to their best.
Football FanCast have assessed the task at hand and provided an insight into how the 48-year-old can transform their fortunes in just one transfer window.
Finances will be tight at the club unless Levy sanctions the £150m exit of Harry Kane, so it’s widely believed that Spurs will have to sell before they buy. And there are several candidates surely on the chopping block this summer.
Serge Aurier, deemed “one of the biggest liabilities in the Premier League” by Jamie Carragher this season, is surely one name who can raise a wedge of cash. Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a £20m-plus move for the right-back.
It’s no wonder that reports have suggested the club will look at signing two new centre-backs, and this is where Paratici can help Spurs. It’s thought that the former Juventus man will look to bring the vastly-experienced Leonardo Bonucci with him to North London.
Whilst Joachim Andersen is a name that simply cannot go away. Spurs could clinch the Lyon colossus for just £25m after an impressive season at relegated Fulham in the English top-flight.
If Aurier does leave, then another right-back could be needed and the Lilywhites have been linked with a move for Lille right-back, who is valued at a bargain €15m (£13.5m), as per the Evening Standard.
Spurs could also do with a goalkeeper but given investment in other areas, the next manager may have to stick with club captain Hugo Lloris, back-up Joe Hart and a third-choice from the academy.
Kane should remain a Spurs playing barring an absolutely irresistible offer. But he and Heung-min Son will need reinforcements behind them to enjoy another fruitful campaign in front of goal.
Someone who could hold the keys to unlocking many a Premier League defence is long-time Tottenham target Marcel Sabitzer, who back in late March was said to have a ‘75% chance’ of joining the north London outfit by Sport Bild (via GMS).
Gareth Bale could also be kept on, depending on if the new manager wants him to stay.
Potential 25-man Spurs squad for the 2021/22 campaign…
Goalkeepers: Lloris, Hart, Whiteman
Defenders: Doherty, Tanganga, Celik, Dier, Andersen, Bonucci, Alderweireld, Reguilon, Davies, Sessegnon
Midfielders: Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Sabitzer, Skipp, Moura, Bale, Bergwijn
Forwards: Kane, Son, Scarlett, Parrott