Fabio Paratici has only just been unveiled as Tottenham’s new director of football, but he is already making his mark in the transfer market. The former Juventus chief has strong links in Italy and Spurs are reportedly ready to use them to try and sign Sassuolo star Domenico Berardi this summer, writes the Express.
Tottenham are in a state of flux at present, with chairman Daniel Levy only formally announcing Paratici’s arrival as ‘managing director, football’ on Saturday after a long wait, while a manager to replace Jose Mourinho remains a work in progress.
It seems that after a long period of searching things may be finally coming together behind the scenes in north London.
Paratici will officially take up his role on July 1 and begin his task of rebuilding the club.
Yet one of his first pieces of business appears to have already been done, with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca having agreed to become manager.
Fonseca has reportedly agreed terms to switch roles with Mourinho, who takes over at Roma this summer after being sacked by Spurs on April 19.
Spurs’ Italian connection does not stop with their new off-field appointments, however, with their player recruitment likely to be influenced by the two new arrivals as well.
One player on their radar is Berardi, who Paratici is a particular fan of, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 26-year-old winger had a fantastic 2020/21 season for Sassuolo, contributing 17 goals and seven assists in 30 Serie A games and appears to have carried that form into Euro 2020.
Berardi impressed during Italy’s tournament opener against Turkey on Friday, firing in the cross that caused Merih Demiral to open the scoring with an own goal.
Roberto Mancini’s side went on to win 3-0 in Rome and Berardi could continue to benefit from a strong performance at the Euros from the Azzurri.
He is the jewel in Sassuolo’s crown and the Italian side do not want to lose him this summer, so have placed a £43million (€50m) price tag on him.
Yet Berardi, who is contracted until June 2024, is also their highest earner and has reportedly ‘developed the idea of having another experience’ this summer and would move ‘abroad if the opportunity arises’.
Juventus and AC Milan are mooted as possible domestic alternatives, but Gazzetta dello Sport says Spurs are ‘thinking about him’, especially since Paratici has ‘long been an admirer’
Tottenham are desperate to strengthen their squad and start afresh after finishing seventh in the Premier League and losing the Carabao Cup final last season.
With Paratici and Fonseca taking over responsibility, it would not be a surprise to see the club move for a high-profile Italian player in the summer transfer window.
Having thrashed Turkey, Italy face Switzerland and Wales this week, giving Berardi more opportunities to catch the eye of those that matter in north London.