Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici ‘has three transfers on agenda’ during Italy visit

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Tottenham transfer chief Fabio Paratici has three priorities to deal with after landing in Italy this week. The former Juventus director of football, who knows the Italian market well, is likely to try and put together outgoing deals for Bryan Gil and Japhet Tanganga, as well as a potential arrival in Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo.

Spurs have had a mightily productive summer, with five new signings bedding in and Djed Spence soon to follow. Paratici is part of the team to have helped deliver the raft of new faces Antonio Conte demanded at the end of last season, with the boss keen to push for silverware. 

The Italian duo have already raided their native market to sign Ivan Perisic on a free transfer from Inter Milan. That follows a double Juventus swoop in January, with both Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur making a positive impact on the side towards the back end of last season. 

Drawing on all of their experience in Serie A, Calciomercato claim that three more moves are on the agenda in Italy, with Paratici currently back in his homeland. 

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Tanganga has failed to barge his way into Conte’s first-team plans, making just 11 Premier League appearances last term despite possessing the versatility to play at right-back or centre-back. AC Milan are reportedly keen on a loan switch for the 23-year-old, with a turning point potentially in store during Paratici’s scheduled meeting with the Rossoneri. 

As for Gil, the Lilywhites are evidently keen to see the Spaniard gain another season of experience elsewhere given the wealth of wide options already in north London. The 21-year-old impressed on loan at Valencia last term, and while Sampdoria are thought to be interested, Paratici’s Italy trip will be about continuing to scout out solutions. 

There could also be developments to excite fans if Tottenham’s transfer chief pounces on an opportunity to work on a deal for Zaniolo. Conte is reported to have an ‘obsession’ with the 23-year-old, who can feature in midfield and up front, and if Roma are to sanction an exit it is believed that they would rather deal with a foreign club than one of their Serie A rivals. 

Spurs have already splashed out to sign Richarlison from Everton this summer in a quest to add attacking depth. Cover for Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will be needed with a Champions League campaign on the horizon, and there are also rumours suggesting that an offer for Barcelona outcast Memphis Depay has already been tabled. 

“We signed five players and when the ideas are very clear it’s more simple to go into the transfer window and sign the players,” said Conte last week. “Our plan was very clear about the positions and the roles in which we needed to improve and we did it. I think the club worked very well in this window.

“For every coach to have the players quickly is very important because you can work with them and try to put them into our idea of football. In the past….I think it was good to sign five players quickly. Now we’ll see what happens. We are always looking to strengthen the squad if there is the opportunity. We want to improve numerically the squad. I repeat to play four competitions is difficult. You need a really good squad, with the numerical aspect and the quality aspect.”

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