Euro Paper Talk: Paratici agrees thrilling first January deal for Spurs and has ‘obsession’ to sign second; Ronaldo set to join mid-table Serie A side

Ruslan Malinovskyi of Atalanta BC during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Tottenham are nearing an exciting double deal in January, with an Atalanta star up first for a bargain fee, Cristiano Ronaldo is now likely to join a middling Serie A side once his Man Utd sacking is confirmed, while Monday’s Euro Paper Talk has the latest on Liverpool interest in a World Cup playmaker.

PARATICI LINES UP DOUBLE DEAL FOR TOTTENHAM

Tottenham director Fabio Paratici is seemingly in agreement with Antonio Conte that Ruslan Malinovskyi should be their first signing in January.

Spurs are through to the last 16 of the Champions League and sit just three points adrift of second-placed Manchester City. As such, hopes are high that Tottenham can enjoy a strong second half to the season.

However, Conte knows reinforcements for his squad are needed if they are to end their 15-year trophy drought.

To that end, the Italian wants to add Atalanta’s attacking midfielder Malinoyskyi to his pool.

The 29-year-old Ukrainian impressed last season, scoring eight times and adding 12 assists.

And according to Tuttomercatoweb, Paratici is to make contact with Atalanta over his signing. His deal in Bergamo is due to expire at the end of the season and Atalanta will likely be backed into a corner over his sale.

The 51-times capped playmaker is also reportedly keen to make the move, with a deal of just £17.3m (€20m) in the offing.

Atalanta do not want to sell but cannot afford to lose the Ukrainian on a free transfer either.

Spurs to follow up Ruslan Malinovskyi deal with McKennie move

Spurs will not stop at the signing of Malinovskyi either with a second raid on Serie A also reportedly lined up.

And it is long-standing Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, who is back on the club’s radar.

Indeed, as per per Calciomercato, Paratici has an ‘obsession’ with bringing the American to north London.

The 24-year-old has been a regular Massimiliano Allegri this season – but that does not mean Juventus will block his sale.

And the Italian outlet claims an offer in the region of £21.6m – £26m (€25m – €30m) will convince the Bianconeri to cash in.

And with Juve well aware of Spurs’ intentions, Paratici reportedly has a good chance of landing the American in January.

A move for McKennie would be Tottenham’s third raid on Juventus in a year, following on from Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski.

FIORENTINA MAKE MOVE FOR RONALDO

Fiorentina are ready to pay whatever it takes in wages to land Cristiano Ronaldo if he is sacked by Man Utd. La Viola are currently 10th in Serie A and are the only serious suitor for his signature. (Calciomercatoweb)

Chelsea have totally wrapped up the signing of Christopher Nkunku with the deal fully agreed last summer. (Le10 Sport)

Newcastle and Arsenal target Marco Asensio says a decision on his Real Madrid future will be made public after the World Cup. (Marca)

Manchester United target Victor Osimhen has a pass to leave Napoli for £87.5m (€100m) at the end of the season. (Corriere del Mezzogiorno)

AC Milan are ready to make a double approach to Chelsea to sign Hakim Ziyech and Armando Broja in 2023. (Corriere dello Sport)

Arsenal are muscling past Barcelona and Liverpool for the signing of Las Palmas’ Spain U21 midfielder Alberto Moleiro. (Calciomercato)

RUSSIAN’S AGENT CONFIRMS CHELSEA INTEREST

Roma are set to take a chance on Ola Solbakken with the Bodo/Glimt striker due to sign a four-year deal this week. The 24-year-old has been allowed to move on a free transfer. (Calciomercato)

The agent for Dynamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan’s claims Chelsea’s interest in the 19-year-old is “a rather complex story”. (Championat)

Milan are willing to let midfielder Yacine Adli leave on loan in January after a slow start to life at the San Siro. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Leeds United’s plans to sign Raphael Guerreiro in January have suffered a blow with Borussia Dortmund ruling out his January sale. (BILD)

Girona defender Arnau Martinez is keen to return to Barcelona in January but only if given a guarantee of first-team football. (Marca)

West Ham United are exploring a deal to sign Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri, 25, once again in January. (Calciommercato)

LIVERPOOL KEEPING CLOSE EYE ON JAMES MADDISON

Leicester City stars James Maddison and James Justin

Liverpool are keeping a close eye on James Maddison but are yet to launch a January bid for his services. (Fabrizio Romano)

Aston Villa are exploring the possibility of bringing Tammy Abraham back to the club in 2023. (Corriere dello Sport)

Barcelona are ready to extend Marcos Alonso’s contract at Barcelona just a matter of months after signing him. The 31-year-old’s deal was for an initial 12 months, but the new arrangement will tie him down until 2026. (Marca)

Empoli are favourites to sign teenage striker Matias Soule amid claims he can leave Juventus on loan in January. (Calciomercato)

Lucien Favrewill stay in charge at Nice until the summer following suggestions he’s facing the sack. (L’Equipe)

Newcastle are aiming to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to the signing of Marcus Thuram in January amid claims Borussia Monchengladbach are willing to sell. (various)