Tottenham Hotspur and sporting director Fabio Paratici by extension had a late bid rejected to sign Dynamo Kyiv defender Illya Zarbanyi, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Spurs enjoy stellar summer…
The Lilywhites enjoyed a stellar summer transfer window having completed eight major signings in total, if you include a permanent deal for star defender Cristian Romero.
Indeed, Spurs head coach Antonio Conte was well and truly backed after he guided the north Londoners to a top four Premier League finish last term.
Deals for Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence and Destiny Udogie were completed before the deadline and reports indicate the club could’ve made even more.
The Latest: Spurs bid ‘rejected’ for Zarbanyi…
According to news out of Ukraine, Spurs and club chief Paratici made a late offer for Zarbanyi but were thwarted in their attempts.
Dynamo Kyiv Inside, via Zorya Londonsk, claim they tabled a £25 million bid to sign the centre-half but had it rebuffed with the Zarbanyi ultimately staying in Kyiv.
The Verdict: Blow for Conte?
The 20-year-old could’ve been a brilliant addition for Spurs considering his age and physical stature.
Standing at a lofty 6 foot 2, Zarbanyi has been praised for his potential in the past, with one report from Goal calling him a ‘fearless’ defender and likening him to Chelsea star Kalidou Koulibaly.
If Paratici and co have an opportunity in future, we believe it could be wise to lodge another attempt and try to bring Zarbanyi to England.
There is no reason to believe he couldn’t thrive in Conte’s back three if given the opportunity.
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