Tottenham Hotspur director Fabio Paratici has reportedly re-entered the fray to sign Barcelona forward Memphis Depay as a report from Italy contradicts claims from Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Spurs keep busy…
The Lilywhites have certainly been one of the busier Premier League sides of this transfer window as they seek to back manager Antonio Conte, who has now commenced his first full season in charge of the club.
Who should Tottenham bring in next for Conte?
A world class centre-back
A 4-1 opening weekend victory over Southampton has handed the Italian a brilliant start, and if they can strengthen further before this window shuts, Conte’s chances of success this season could be boosted even further.
One man who they were apparently not going to sign was Depay, with Romano claiming this week talks are off, but the press in the transfer guru’s homeland have something different to say entirely..
The Latest: Paratici enters fray…
Indeed, it is believed in Italy that Spurs chief Paratici has thrown his hat in the ring in a bid to sign the 28-year-old this summer.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, reporting on interest from Juventus, claim there has been an ‘entry of Tottenham’ in the race for Depay as Paratici apparently made an ‘intervention’ on Tuesday evening amid Juve’s attempts to sign the Dutchman.
It is further stated that Depay himself, while greatly considering Serie A as an option, is also tempted by the idea of a return to the England with Spurs.
The Verdict: Push further?
The £158,000-per-week star stood out as a key attacking player for Barca last season, at least going by the numbers.
As per WhoScored, Depay finished 21/22 as one of their top five best-performing players whilst attempting their second-highest rate of shots at goal per 90.
He also scored more league goals (12) than any other member of the Catalans squad and could add real firepower to Conte’s side – and perhaps even keep Harry Kane with games in four competitions to worry about.
Time well tell whether the links come to fruition or if Romano’s claims were correct.
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