According to a report courtesy of Italian outlet SportMediaSet, Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici has offered a few star names to Tottenham and other Premier League clubs as the Serie A champions contemplate a summer overhaul – with Alex Sandro, Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi, Sami Khedira, Daniele Rugani and Mattia De Sciglio the names up for grabs.
The first three stars, as per this report, appear to be the most popular players and most likely to leave, but an unlikely candidate who would suit Spurs and Jose Mourinho down to the ground would be Italian defender Rugani.
Club legend Jan Vertonghen parted company with the Lilywhites after a noteworthy eight-year spell, recently putting pen-to-paper on a free deal with Benfica, and chairman Daniel Levy is yet to find a replacement for the Belgian.
Would Rugani be able to succeed Vertonghen?
No, not on the Belgian's level
Juve’s eagerness to offload surplus-to-requirement gems has handed Spurs an opportunity to sign a capable stand-in, and Rugani’s reported availability could be too big an opportunity to miss.
The 26-year-old found game time difficult to come by in Turin last season, starting just seven Serie A matches, but he did display a head-turning ability to play out from the back – averaging a 92% pass accuracy (WhoScored).
Standing at a lofty 6ft 3, the seven-cap international arguably boasts all the physical attributes to become a stand-out Premier League defender despite an out-of-form spell.
Back in 2015, ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri claimed he had an ‘incredible’ desire to improve coupled with an ‘outstanding’ mentality (Gianluca Di Marzio) – arguably what Spurs need as Mourinho gears up for a Champions League qualification race next season.
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