Tottenham Hotspur target Ruslan Malinovskyi has given the green-light to join as a report shares the latest update on talks to sign him from Atalanta.
The Lowdown: Paratici keeps moving…
The Lilywhites and sporting director Fabio Paratici are reportedly keeping active in the transfer market with deadline day on September 1 now less than a fortnight away.
Who should Spurs sign before the window shuts?
A world class centre-back
Spurs boss Antonio Conte has also refused to rule the possibility of more summer signings despite having already sealed moves for Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence and Destiny Udogie.
Malinovskyi is one player who has been heavily linked in the last week with a report now sharing the latest on negotiations.
The Latest: Malinovskyi says ‘yes’…
Indeed, according to a claim out of Italy, the 29-year-old has already given his green-light to join the Premier League side.
Tutto Atalanta say Malinovskyi has ‘said yes to Tottenham’ and Atalanta ‘negotiates the sale’ of their attacker.
However, while talks are ongoing, it is also believed that both sides remain far apart with the north Londoners ideally wanting to sign him on loan with the option to make his stay permanent.
Atalanta, meanwhile, wish to offload through a straight sale or, at worst, a loan with the obligation to buy.
The Verdict: Compromise?
The Ukraine international could be a solid addition at N17 going by his Serie A performances over 2021/2022.
According to WhoScored, Malinovskyi finished last campaign as their fifth-best player by average match rating – scoring six goals and assisting four others.
The attacking midfielder also ranked in Atalanta’s top five when it comes most attempts at goal, key passes made and completed dribbles per 90 – perhaps backing Tottenham’s interest in his signing.
Depending on the potential compromise over Malinovskyi’s signature, he could end up being a shrewd capture.
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