Tottenham Hotspur talks to sign Atalanta star Ruslan Malinovskyi ‘can soon begin’, but reports claim there’s one transfer twist.
The Lowdown: Spurs eye Malinovskyi move…
Spurs head coach Antonio Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici are allegedly eager to sign the Ukraine international with there being some belief that the player has already green-lit a potential move.
Who should Spurs sign before the window shuts?
A world class centre-back
However, while Malinovskyi is apparently open to signing for the club, the Lilywhites face competition from Ligue 1 giants Marseille who are also said to hold a real interest.
September 1 looms, and with just under a fortnight of the window remaining, the north Londoners may have to begin making progress in their attempts to sign the 29-year-old.
The Latest: Tottenham talks ‘can soon begin’…
According to reports out of Italy, there has been an interesting update on the links to Malinovskyi.
TUTTOmercatoWEB claim Tottenham talks ‘can soon begin’ to sign the midfielder, but with one twist.
Indeed, it is now believed that out-of-favour Spurs defender Sergio Reguilon could be inserted into the deal with a player-exchange possible.
The Verdict: Get it done?
Reguilon doesn’t have a future at N17 with Conte apparently having no place for the Spaniard.
Taking this into account, a win-win scenario could be allowing the left-back to join Atalanta in a swap deal for Malinovskyi – especially considering the latter man’s quality.
Often a threat in the final third, the forward finished last campaign as one of the Serie A side’s most threatening players – ranking in their top five when it comes to attempts at goal, key passes made and successful dribbles per 90 (WhoScored).
On top of this, he scored six goals and added four assists domestically with reporters highlighting his fantastic technique at times.
Indeed, journalist Josh Bunting of The Islington Gazzette raved over his ‘stunning left-foot’ after he buried a neat finish against Juventus in February.
Clearly a big game player on his day, Malinovskyi could be a real asset in north London.