Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has green-lit the signing of Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi, according to reputable journalist Ryan Taylor.
The lowdown: Spurs linked
Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for Malinovskyi in recent days as Fabio Paratici attempts to wrap up what has been a significant summer in the transfer window already.
Now, one well-informed onlooker has had his say on the potential deal and it’s certainly positive news for the north Londoners…
The latest: Conte green lights move
“I believe Ruslan Malinovskyi wants to join Tottenham and Conte is open to signing him.
“But Atalanta would like a permanent deal, whereas I don’t think Spurs are entirely set on that at the moment. He is 29 and there’s also been talks with Marseille.”
This hasn’t always been the case with transfers this summer, as Djed Spence was signed without the manager’s consent.
The verdict: One out, one in
Tottenham’s preference for a loan move is most likely down to a combination of the success of the transfer of Dejan Kulesevski, Malinovskyi’s unproven Premier League status and the likelihood of Bryan Gil also leaving Hotspur Way on a temporary basis before the window shuts.
Hailed for a ‘stunning’ left foot by Serie A commentator Matteo Bonetti in March, the talented Ukrainian’s ability to operate on either wing, in central midfield areas and even as a centre-forward would make him a superb addition to the Spurs ranks.
Boasting 57 direct goal contributions (30 goals and 27 assists) in 130 appearances for Atalanta, Malinovskyi has a definite eye for creating in the final third that would be welcomed by the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
As such, Paratici and Conte will be pushing hard to make a deal for the £25.2million valued man happen, ideally on loan.
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