New Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici is already looking back to Serie A for potential transfer targets, with one striker in particular now reportedly on his radar.
Paratici has a big rebuilding job to do after joining Tottenham from Juventus. Not only does he have a new head coach to appoint, he will oversee their summer transfer activity. One of the biggest tasks in that department will be resolving the future of Harry Kane. Chairman Daniel Levy remains desperate to keep the England captain.
But if Kane is sold, Tottenham will need to find an adequate replacement. Very few players can match Kane’s level, so they will have to be clever in how they go about it.
They brought Paratici in to make smart signings, so he will have a big role in determining Kane’s successor if he leaves. And according to Tuttosport, the managing director already knows which players he could pursue.
It is claimed that Paratici could prompt Tottenham to target Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina. The Serbian striker is only 21 years old but is already one of the most dangerous attackers in Serie A.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Luis Muriel outscored the Fiorentina frontman in the Italian top flight last season. With 21 goals from 37 games, he scored at a better rate than many of the league’s other prominent strikers.
Now, Fiorentina face a battle to keep hold of him, as his contract only has another two years left. Due to his potential, his market value should be growing. But his contractual situation could lead to the opposite scenario for his current club.
As things stand, they are eager to keep the 6ft 2in powerhouse. With that in mind, he will command a high fee this summer. But Spurs could try to tempt Fiorentina into selling.
Gabriel Jesus still an option
Alternatively, Tottenham could turn to Gabriel Jesus, who has struggled to establish himself as a regular at Manchester City.
Jesus has always had potential and has been adequate cover for Sergio Aguero. But when the record scorer was injured at times last season, Pep Guardiola sometimes used a false nine rather than the Brazilian.
Therefore, with City being one of Kane’s main suitors, Jesus could move in the opposite direction. However, reports have claimed Levy will want a cash-only deal if he is to sell Kane.
But Jesus could still be of interest. Intriguingly, Paratici’s former club Juventus are also admirers. Hence, he could be battling his ex-employers straight away.
And it may not be the only instance in which he does over the next few months.