Former Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici is keen to reunite with Dejan Kulusevski and Weston McKennie at Tottenham Hotspur in January
Paratici left the club in the summer after a decade-long service and became Tottenham’s managing director in June. He initially oversaw the failed arrival of manager Nuno Espirito Santo, but was undoubtedly instrumental in bringing old pal Antonio Conte to N17 as Nuno’s successor in November.
Conte has already worked his magic on the Lilywhites with previously outcasted members of the squad drastically improving under the Italian’s stewardship. Still, Conte and Paratici are keen on bringing in some new arrivals in January, with the latter plotting a raid on his former club.
Fabio Paratici is plotting a double swoop of Juventus this January
Calciomercato reports that Spurs’ managing director is willing to spend €70m to bring both Kulusevski and McKennie to north London this winter. Both are players that he signed during his time at Juventus, but neither are regarded as “untouchable” by the current Bianconeri hierarchy.
According to the report, Juve would be willing to accept €35m offers for both players in January.
Spurs are hopeful of signing a new midfielder either in January or next summer. Although, they’ve strongly been linked with impending free agent Franck Kessie as opposed to McKennie. However, the American would arguably be a better fit for Conte – especially if he implements a 3-5-2 – than the Ivorian considering the intensity at which he plays.
As for Kulusevski, the Swede has failed to kick on under Massimiliano Allegri this season and his Juventus career thus far has been defined by mere moments and sequences. Despite his distinct talent, he’s struggled to build any momentum in Bianconeri colours.
As a result, Juve will listen to offers for Kulusevski in January. However, with Lucas Moura shining, Steven Bergwijn potentially finding form and Bryan Gil in support, an attacking reinforcement shouldn’t be Spurs priority this winter.
Their north London rivals, Arsenal, have also expressed an interest in Kulusevski.