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Tottenham: Fabio Paratici plotting Valentino Livramento swoop

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Valentino Livramento to north London in the summer transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claimed that Fabio Paratici has identified the Southampton right-back as a leading target for the summer transfer window, with the Italian believed to have already made preliminary moves for the 19-year-old.

The report added that Manchester United are also interested in England under-21 international, while Chelsea are reported to have a £38m buyback clause in the defender’s contract at St Mary’s, but this only becomes active in 2023.

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Conte can axe Emerson with Livramento swoop

Considering just how poor Emerson Royal has been for Spurs since his €30m (£25m) move to north London last summer, coupled with the huge potential that Livramento possesses, it is easy to see why Spurs would be keen on a move for the teenager at the end of the season.

Indeed, over his 21 Premier League appearances so far this season, the £16.2m-rated gem has been in exceptional form for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his team-mates, along with averaging 0.4 shots and 0.8 key passes per game.

The £7k-per-week full-back has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, helping his team to keep six clean sheets, in addition to averaging 2.98 interceptions – ranking him in the top 1% of defenders in Europe’s big five leagues – 14.03 pressures, 2.08 tackles, 1.83 blocks and 5.31 progressive carries per game.

These returns have seen the player who Hasenhuttl dubbed “one of the best” average a SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as Saints’ eighth-best player in the top flight of English football.

Meanwhile, over Emerson’s 20 Premier League outings for Spurs, the £22.5m-rated Brazilian has been in decidedly worse form. He has helped his side to keep just three clean sheets, provided one assist and created one big chance for his team-mates, along with averaging 0.8 interceptions, 2.6 tackles and 2.5 clearances per game.

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A truly wasted talent...

These returns have seen the £62k-per-week defender, who Noel Whelan dubbed “terrible“, average a SofaScore match rating of 6.87, ranking him as Antonio Conte’s 10th-worst performer in the league.

As such, it would indeed appear a wise move for Conte to amend Paratici’s disastrous signing of the 23-year-old by shipping him out this summer, before reinvesting the funds from his sale (as well as his hefty weekly wage) into a move for the much more promising Livramento.

In other news: Conte could solve his major Spurs issue by unleashing “phenomenal” 17-year-old “diamond”

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