The Lowdown: PSG eye move…
As Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain eye a replacement for sporting director Leonardo, who has become disillusioned with his job at the Parc des Princes, Paratici is reportedly one of the candidates to replace him.
It is believed that the Italian is a target ‘in particular’, with contacts even taking place in recent months between both Paratici and PSG (Foot Mercato).
Tottenham’s chief was appointed as the north London club’s managing director last summer, overseeing all football-related matters on the pitch while chairman Daniel Levy takes a less hands-on role in the running of Spurs.
Paratici has been at the centre of mixed reviews for his transfer activity in the past but has been described as potentially ‘crucial’ in ‘giving a chance’ for Antonio Conte’s appointment as manager to work (Liam Twomey, The Athletic).
The Latest: Journalist drops big Paratici update…
Taking to Twitter, Aouna said that ‘new contacts took place this week’ between Paratici and PSG over the club’s sporting director role.
In his corresponding Foot Mercato article, the journalist explained that the 49-year-old is ‘tempted’ to quit Tottenham, apparently not taking too kindly to Conte’s ‘recent criticism’ of Spurs’ winter transfer window.
The Verdict: Potential big blow for Spurs
Paratici’s relationship with Conte, although allegedly tainted somewhat right now, could be a crucial factor in keeping the former Chelsea boss at Spurs, especially considering that the Lilywhites chief orchestrated his appointment in the first place.
This news of him being tempted to leave north London less than a year after his arrival could inadvertently throw Conte’s future at Tottenham into question also.
Bearing this in mind, Paratici’s potential departure may not be the best thing in the long run for Tottenham.
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