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Spurs: Fabio Paratici in Antony transfer talks

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Antony to the Premier League in the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by The Independent (via The Sun), who claim that Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici are currently in talks with Ajax regarding a move for the 22-year-old winger.

The report goes on to state that Steven Bergwijn, who is a well-known target of the Eredivisie side, could be offered in a player swap deal, with Spurs valuing the Netherlands international at a figure of around €30m (£26m).

Finally, it is claimed that, despite new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag being extremely keen on securing a reunion with his former player at Old Trafford this summer, Tottenham feel that Ajax’s interest in Bergwijn could hand them an advantage in the race for the €70m (£60m) Brazil international.

“Something different”

Considering the quite extraordinary form Antony was in for Ajax last season, it is unsurprising to learn that Conte and Paratici are interested in a deal to bring the 22-year-old to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign.

Indeed, over his 23 Eredivisie appearances in 2021/22, the £31.5m-rated talent highly impressed for De Godenzonen, scoring eight goals, registering four assists and creating seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 3.4 shots, making 1.7 key passes and completing 1.8 dribbles per game.

The £19k-per-week winger also contributed in a defensive capacity, making an average of 0.5 interceptions, 1.0 tackles, winning possession 1.0 times and being victorious in 4.8 duels – at a success rate of 51% – per fixture.

These returns saw the player who Andre Noruega dubbed “unreal” average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.44, not only ranking him as Ten Hag’s third-best performer in the league but also as the seventh-best player in the division as a whole.

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However, it was not only in domestic competition that Antony impressed, as the left-footer also scored two goals, provided four assists and created three big chances over his seven Champions League outings last term, with these metrics seeing the forward average an equally breathtaking SofaScore match rating of 7.43 – ranking him as the 14th-best player in the tournament.

As such, it is clear to see just how much talent the player Jacek Kulig claimed is “something different” possesses, leading us to believe that, should Paratici manage to get a deal for the Brazilian over the line this summer, it would undoubtedly be one of the biggest coups of the window.

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