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Fabrizio Romano reveals playmaker ‘dreaming’ of summer Tottenham move could still sign in 2023

Ruslan Malinovskyi dribbling away from Omar Colley

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano claims that Atalanta playmaker Ruslan Malinovskyi could still get his ‘dream’ move to Tottenham in 2023.

The Ukraine international has been an outstanding performer for the Serie A outfit since signing for £12million from Genk in 2019, scoring 30 goals and adding 27 assists in just 132 games.

The 29-year-old has also won 49 caps for his country, scoring seven goals.

Malinovskyi was linked with a move away from Atalanta for the majority of the summer, with Spurs known to be a major suitor.

There were reports earlier in the summer window that a move to Marseille had been agreed. Indeed, a swap with Cengiz Under was being mooted but the former Leicester star did not want to make the move.

Malinovskyi is now in the final year of his contract. But despite that, Atalanta were still asking for between £25.3m-£29.5m for the player.

And, according to Romano, both Tottenham and Marseille both wanted to sign the attacking midfielder on loan with an option to buy.

Malinovskyi move could be revisited

Romano adds that Malinovskyi was ‘dreaming’ of a move to north London. However, the situation will be ‘open’ again next year, so Malinovskyi’s situation is one to watch.

Speaking earlier this week, Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini revealed his relief that the window is now closed.

There were also reports that Jeremie Boga was “waiting” for a proposed move to Leicester to materialise.

“I am glad the transfer window is over,” said Gasperini at a press conference.

“[Hans] Hateboer, [Joakim] Maehle and Boga spent the day on their phones, waiting to go elsewhere, but now the market is closed and this is our team.”

“The club didn’t make me a favour by keeping many players here. Every time somebody doesn’t play it’s a mess here,” Gasperini continued.

“The team is not the one I wanted, I’ll have to adapt and pick the best players. It’s a deep squad, but the club had no chance to sell.”

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