Paratici ‘temptation’ could force €50m Spurs U-turn

Date published: Monday 26th July 2021 10:11 - Will Ford

Fabio Paratici Spurs

Tottenham could still sign Dusan Vlahovic despite Fiorentina offering the striker a new contract.

The 21-year-old has scored 27 goals in 77 Serie A outings since his £1.8million move from Partizan Belgrade in 2018.

Speculation over has future has been ripe in the last few weeks, with both Tottenham and Arsenal interested in signing him.

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Those rumours have led Fiorentina to offer the Serbian new terms, with his current contract ending in the summer of 2023.

But while Gazzetta dello Sport confirms that talks over a new deal are underway, they also report that there is still a chance of Spurs getting a deal done.

Vlahovic is thought to be keen on a move to Spurs and the ‘temptation’ is there because of new managing director and transfer chief Fabio Paratici.

Tottenham have been linked with a wide array of players plying their trade in Italy this summer following Paratici’s arrival.

Having previously worked at Juventus, Paratici has been using his links to put feelers out for a number of Serie A stars.

The club are rumoured to have held talks with centre-backs Takehiro Tomiyasu and Christian Romero from Bologna and Atalanta respectively.

Meanwhile, Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has moved to Spurs, initially on loan.

And Vlahovic will remain on Paratici and Spurs’ radar until Fiorentina confirm a new deal.

Meanwhile, amid rumours surrounding Harry Kane’s future at Spurs, Jamie O’Hara claims his former side’s front three will be better than Manchester United’s this season, despite the Red Devils securing Jadon Sancho.

“Liverpool have the best front three in the Premier League – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah,” the former Spurs man said on Drivetime.

“That’s better than Man United’s, for me. Not based on last season, just based on talent and what they can produce when they’re at their best.

“I’d also argue Man City, if they line up with Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne as a false-nine, that’s probably better than Manchester United’s, too.

“City do need to sign a new striker, but KDB is brilliant when he plays there. If it’s a choice between Gabriel Jesus and Cavani, you’d have to say Cavani, but if you’re talking Foden or Rashford, you’d say Foden.

“In my opinion, I think Spurs’ front three at their best is still better than that Manchester United front three.”


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