Tottenham Hotspur were ‘considering’ making a late move to sign Atalanta attacking midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi this summer, according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Malinovskyi’s contract
Statistically, Malinovskyi’s tenure in Italy has been very impressive; in 104 top-flight games, the midfielder has amassed 23 goals and 23 assists – illustrating his clinical playmaking ability in the final third.
The Latest: Romano’s news
Romano has now revealed that Spurs were eyeing up a move for the Ukrainian this summer, but Atalanta were adamant that he would remain on their books this season.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, the reliable journalist claimed: “They also were considering Malinovskyi, but Atalanta had no intention of letting him go on loan or on a permanent deal, and so, that did not happen.”
The Verdict: Strong signing
With the Lilywhites on the lookout for a creative midfielder to add to Antonio Conte’s squad, the 29-year-old would have been a strong addition with his attacking skillset.
As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, Malinovskyi ranks in the top 2% for shots taken, the top 4% for progressive passes and the top 5% for expected goals assisted and shot-creating actions.
Having been hailed as a ‘decisive’ playmaker by Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini, the Ukrainian’s arrival at Hotspur Way would have added strong competition to Tottenham’s already impressive attacking options.
Therefore, Spurs’ inability to clinch a move for the midfielder would have been made even more galling by reports that the player wanted to join the north London club.
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