Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes Tottenham would be taking a huge gamble by signing Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci this summer.
It was reported earlier this month that Bonucci was on Spurs’ radar as they look to strengthen their defence for next season. The link emerged at the time that former Juventus chief football officer Fabio Paratici was set to join the north London club. He has since been confirmed as their new managing director of football.
Paraciti’s strong connections with the Old Lady could make the move a reality. But Campbell feels that signing the 34-year-old would not be a sensible move, despite his high quality.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Bonucci’s no spring chicken but he is someone who could come in and organise that defence which is needed at Spurs.
“He’s never played in the Premier League before and at the end of the day what you can get away with in Italy, you can’t in England.
“The football is a lot quicker and a lot more physical here. And while he will be fine with the physicality, I think he would struggle with the pace of the game.
“It will be an interesting one to keep an eye on. I think it would be a big signing but a big gamble.”
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Bonucci has three years remaining on his contract with the Turin club. He rejoined them in 2018 after a one-year spell with AC Milan.
At present, he is on international duty with Italy at Euro 2020. He made his 103rd appearance for the Azzurri in their 3-0 win against Turkey in the Euro 2020 opener.
Centre-back Paraciti’s area of concern
Meanwhile, a separate report has provided some context to the link to Bonucci. It explains that a new centre-back is high on Paraciti’s agenda.
According to Football London, that is the main position he has identified as requiring improvement once a new manager is appointed.
Tottenham currently have Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon on their books. However, not one combination of those names particularly excelled in a poor season for the club.
There has even been talk that Alderweireld and former record signing Sanchez could be sold to fund a new addition.