A report has detailed the shockingly low fee Tottenham require to sign a player with international and Champions League experience, after his current side came to a decision regarding his future.
Tottenham have plenty of interest in the World Cup final on Sunday as two of their first-team starters will feature. Hugo Lloris will captain France as they look to win their second World Cup in a row, while Cristian Romero will operate in defence for Argentina in their pursuit of a first World Cup trophy since 1986.
Several of Antonio Conte’s other players reached the knockout rounds of the tournament. They include Harry Kane and Eric Dier (England), Ivan Perisic (Croatia), Richarlison (Brazil), Pape Sarr (Senegal) and Son Heung-min (South Korea).
Conte will be glad most of these have come back to Spurs fully fit. They will be important in the club’s hunt for Premier League and Champions League glory. They currently sit fourth in the Prem and are through to the Champions League round of 16 after finishing top of Group D.
Conte, along with Spurs Director of Football Fabio Paratici, wants to add a couple players to the squad to help with these respective aims.
They are looking to improve the right wing-back ranks with the signing of Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries. However, Chelsea are now in pole position to capture him.
Spurs are also in the mix to sign a new attacking midfielder. This will help with their creativity, which has been found lacking at times this campaign.
One target Conte has in mind is Ruslan Malinovskyi of Atalanta. Spurs were linked with a summer swoop for the Ukraine international but this ultimately never came about.
Tottenham back on the hunt for Atalanta man
Spurs are now eyeing Malinovskyi again, as his Atalanta contract expires at the end of the campaign. And Italian outlet Calciomercato have detailed just how little money Spurs will have to spend when signing him.
Atalanta have come to the decision of selling the Ukraine international in January, rather than letting him move on for free next summer. This means they will at least make some money back on him.
However, they will only demand €15million when selling Malinovskyi, which works out at around £13m currently.
This contradicts a recent update from Italy, where a journalist claimed Atalanta have an option for an extra 12 months in Malinovskyi’s contract. Should they extend this, then he would cost Spurs more.
If the £13m claims are true, then it represents a potential great deal for Spurs. The midfielder has plenty of experience in the Champions League and Europa League. He’s also won 51 caps at international level.
In the current market, teams are regularly selling players like this for over £30m, so Spurs should take up the opportunity to land Malinovskyi for far less than that sum.
He will help to deputise for Son and Dejan Kulusevski in the positions just behind Kane. Plus, the 29-year-old can also operate in central midfield. This means he can provide backup for Yves Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur if needed.