Brand new Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici is set to revisit a former Jose Mourinho transfer target as his first course of action at the club. Mourinho was given his marching orders in April, but the incoming chief is clearly a fan of his talent-spotting ability, writes the Express.
Stuttgart winger Nicolas Gonzalez has emerged as Tottenham’s main attacking target this summer, with Paratici seeking to make the Argentine his first signing at the club.
The club are still without a manager, but after chairman Daniel Levy decided to devolve much of the recruiting power to the incoming Paratici, the Italian is free to spearhead negotiations throughout the summer.
Gonzalez endured an injury-hit campaign for VfB Stuttgart this season, only turning out 12 times but his scoring rate has been fantastic since he joined the club which has earned him five caps for the hugely competitive Argentina national team.
It was reported earlier this year that Mourinho and Tottenham held real discussions about the player back in January, although the move never materialised.
Although Leeds United have shown interest in Gonzalez in the past, Brighton and Fiorentina are the only two other sides considering a formal approach for the 23-year-old.
If this is indeed the case, Spurs must feel confident that with their relative prestige and financial backing, they can lure the talented forward to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Wingers are set to be an important area for Paratici and Tottenham this transfer window, with Gareth Bale seemingly returning to Real Madrid and Lucas Moura heavily linked with a Mourinho reunion at AS Roma.
Furthermore, although Heung-min Son has been a revelation on the left-flank, the likes of Erik Lamela, Lucas and Steven Bergwijn have failed to nail down the spot on the opposing side.
If Spurs are to compete with the very best in English football, finding a top-class option to slot into the right-wing spot is paramount.
Alongside this, Paratici faces a baptism of fire when he takes the reigns of Tottenham’s transfer dealings with the Harry Kane transfer saga showing no sign of slowing down.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all shown significant interest in the England captain, although Tottenham are understandably thought to be holding out for a massive fee for their talisman.
The transfer sum could halt Kane’s exit from North London.
However, with the player outspoken about his desire to win more silverware it may be sensible for player and club to work through the situation before the mood turns sour.
Clearly, Paratici will have a number of plates to spin as he prepares for life at Tottenham.