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Paratici reveals Conte transfer talks taking place ‘every day’ and lauds new-look Tottenham summer strategy

Fabio Paratici, Tottenham v Man City August 2021

Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici has revealed that he is talking “every day” to manager Antonio Conte about the summer transfer window.

Spurs have suffered inconsistency for over two years now following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino. While Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo had their moments, they struggled to really stamp their mark on the team.

In fact, Nuno lasted only 17 games before Conte – another summer target – stepped in.

Conte has regularly admitted that Tottenham is one of his biggest challenges in management. He has had an instant impact at his other clubs, but has struggled to replicate such immediate success at Spurs.

Nevertheless, Tottenham can still salvage a top-four Premier League finish this season. That would secure them Champions League football for next term and for the first time since 2020.

The full focus for Paratici and Conte is firmly on the final nine games of the season.

“The most important thing is to be focused on the rest of this season,” Paratici told the Evening Standard.

“We have nine games, we work hard to be here and to enjoy these nine games. To enjoy means we have to live these nine games as finals, every game as a final.

“Every game together, we need fans, we need people all around us, we need an optimistic environment, positive energy and I think all together we have to do the best that we can do and enjoy every game that we play. This is the first thing that we have to be focused on.”

Paratici preparing Tottenham transfer window

Antonio Conte chats to Fabio Paratici

Paratici also revealed he is talking to Conte every day about the summer transfer window. The pair have put their own stamp on Tottenham’s recruitment, bringing in ex-Juventus pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur in January.

The upcoming window will prove arguably even more crucial if Spurs manage to make the top four this season.

“And the second [thing he is focused on] is my job,” Paratici added. “But it is not just my job but the job of my structure, so the scouting department and speaking with the staff and with Antonio every day about what we can do to improve this team.

Wilfield Singo from Torino is a Tottenham target this summer

Spurs are targeting a Wilfield Singo from Torino this summer

“It is not just about players but also staff maybe, the best pitches maybe, the best infrastructure.

“So it is normal that when we speak about the summer we speak about recruitment, but we work every day and we speak all the time about what we can do to be better, so we follow like this. We continue to work in this way, in this direction.”

Tottenham need to avoid inconsistency

Spurs have faced some crucial matches against top-four rivals in recent weeks, with inconsistency proving a problem.

They beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium, before losing by the same scoreline in a crucial match with Man Utd.

However, Spurs won 3-1 against West Ham before the international break. That boosted their own hopes of a top-four finish and dampened the Hammers’ efforts.

What’s more, that was the second win in a row for Spurs, something they have rarely achieved this season.

Conte will hope Tottenham can extend their winning run when they return to action against Aston Villa.