Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici eyeing Liverpool transfer target with £25m release clause


Tottenham have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Roma playmaker Lorenzo Pellegrini this summer, according to reports. The north London club look set for a summer of change under the guidance of managing director of football Fabio Paratici, who was officially appointed to his new role on Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Levy will be hoping that the 48-year-old can lead a fruitful transfer window and successfully answer the questions facing Spurs ahead of the new campaign.

The ongoing saga involving Harry Kane will be at the top of the agenda, with the England skipper reportedly eager to leave the club in search of a new challenge elsewhere.

With regards to new signings, Paratici is likely to be in the market for defensive reinforcements after a lacklustre campaign at the back, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Joe Rodon struggling to live up to expectations.

Spurs are also believed to be targeting the addition of a new midfielder to strengthen the hand of incoming boss Paulo Fonseca.

The 48-year-old was replaced by Jose Mourinho at Roma earlier this year and appears to be closing in on the vacancy that was left by the experienced Portuguese boss in April.

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It seems as though Paratici is keen on welcoming Fonseca by completing a move for one of his former players in Pellegrini, according to La Repubblica.

The Roma native played a crucial role for his hometown club season, chipping in with 11 goals and nine assists in all competitions.

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He was expected to feature heavily for Italy at Euro 2020, but was forced to withdraw from the squad on the eve of the tournament with a muscle injury.

Pellegrini is said to have a release clause of £25.8million written into his contract, which is set to expire at the end of next season.

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However, it remains to be seen whether Spurs will be able to beat Liverpool to the 24-year-old’s signature, with the Reds believed to be the front runners.

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen to sign a midfielder of his own to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who left the club to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer earlier this month.

Despite the Merseyside club’s interest, the pull of a reunion with Fonseca could prove to be crucial in the race to land Pellegrini, suggesting that a move to Spurs would not be out of the question this summer.

The Italian maestro previously waxed lyrical over his former boss, highlighting Fonseca’s adaptability and intelligent style of management.

“The process is not easy,” Pellegrini told La Roma Sport. “He has already adapted to Serie A. I also think that Serie A is one of the most difficult leagues in all leagues.

“Fonseca is a very smart and intelligent person. He always passes on his thoughts and tells us not to make excuses. He is a great person and has a lot of ideas.

“I think he is correct, and he often reflects on himself, and I think our players should do the same.”

Meanwhile, former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips recently admitted that he was shocked by Tottenham’s decision to pursue Fonseca after his departure from Roma, highlighting the absurdity of the two clubs effectively swapping managers.

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“It’s just bizarre how football goes around,” Phillips told Football Insider. “A manager leaves a football club and goes to a football club and the manager leaving that club goes the other way.

“I’m a little surprised but he’s obviously got experience. It’s a big job for him, leaving Roma and coming to Tottenham if it does happen.

“He’d be very lucky to get that job so it will be interesting to see what happens there.”





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