According to a report by Calciomercato, amid Fabio Paratici’s impending appointment as new Tottenham Hotspur sporting director, he already has an eye for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci.
The Lowdown: Paratici and Spurs…
The 48-year-old was heavily linked to joining Spurs amid the botched talks with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte last week, but unlike his fellow Italian, Paratici will be moving to north London.
This boardroom change will see Tottenham return to the sporting director model with powers more delegated below chairman Daniel Levy (The Athletic).
As such, there have been no shortage of rumours linking Spurs with a host of Juventus players.
The Latest: Paratici wants Bonucci…
Backing previous claims, Calciomercato have now also insisted that the chief could swoop for Bonucci this summer as Tottenham plan to shore up a problem position in centre-half.
The 102-cap Italy legend is certainly a big name and it is stated that signing him ‘can become a goal’ for Spurs amid the arrival of Paratici.
The report claims that Tottenham have often played with the three-man defence and hints at that also being a motivator behind the interest.
The Verdict: Quick fix…
Bonucci, as well as being a big name, has attracted praise from Tottenham favourites in the past.
Harry Redknapp once spoke of his admiration for the player in an interview with BetSafe (via The Sport Review), calling him a ‘warrior’ and ‘top class’.
Recently called up to Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad for the Euros, Bonucci arguably still has the quality to play at the highest level.
However, given he is now 34-years-old, it is also debatable that he will soon decline and Tottenham need a more long term solution.
On a reported salary of £180,000-per-week, Paratici and Spurs may be better off looking elsewhere.
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