Fabio Paratici has targeted two Inter Milan stars as he looks to make a flying start in his new role as Tottenham’s sporting director.
The Italian was officially confirmed in his new role on Saturday, leading to Spurs already being linked with a number of players – particularly from Serie A. Paratici has also been given the responsibility of ending the club’s manager search – with Paulo Fonseca remaining the top option, as things stand.
Reports on Monday claimed that Paratici was already looking to fix the club’s problem centre-back position. And that theme has continued, with an Inter star one of two names on Tottenham’s radar.
According to Inter Live (as cited by Sport Witness), the former Juventus director is planning a ‘double assault’ to sign defender Stefan de Vrij and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
Paratici worked with Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta at Juve. To that end, the new Spurs transfer chief wants to tap into that relationship again.
The report adds that Paratici would be ‘willing to put only €47m (£40m) on the table’ to sign the two title-winners.
A figure of €22m would be offered to sign Holland star De Vrij, who has been with Inter since 2018.
Brozovic could join packed Tottenham midfield
The remaining €25m would then be spent on Croatian midfielder Brozovic, who featured against England last weekend.
The 28-year-old only has a year remaining on his current contract. That has prompted Inter to consider cashing in on the player, rather than lose him on a free in 2022.
De Vrij would certainly be considered an upgrade for Tottenham at centre-back. He could also be a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, who have been linked with exits.
Brozovic, however, would join a packed central midfield department. His arrival could mean an exit for Harry Winks, while Tanguy Ndombele’s future is also being questioned again.