Atalanta reach major transfer decision affecting Tottenham, amid star ‘dreaming’ of Prem switch

Ruslan Malinovskyi

Tottenham have discovered whether they will be able to complete a last-minute move for Ruslan Malinovskyi, as Fabrizio Romano states Atalanta have come to a decision over his future.

Malinovskyi has featured in three Serie A matches so far this season. He got an assist in the 2-0 win over Sampdoria and also opened his account for the campaign with a goal in the recent 1-1 draw with AC Milan.

According to Italian outlet TuttoAtalanta, the attacking midfielder ‘said yes’ to a Tottenham move on August 18.

Six days later, Romano said on his podcast that Malinovskyi ‘dreams’ of joining Antonio Conte’s side.

Tottenham have been viewed as the frontrunners to land him in recent weeks, despite Leicester City also setting their sights on a deal.

However, it looks like a deadline-day Premier League move for Malinovskyi is off the cards. Romano claims the 29-year-old will remain at Atalanta, despite Spurs, Leicester and Marseille wanting to capture him.

This is the decision that’s been made by Atalanta president Antonio Percassi, and it will not be changed before tonight’s deadline.

A move to north London could still occur in January though. Malinovskyi’s Atalanta contract expires in June 2023.

Ruslan Malinovskyi to Spurs could still happen

This means Spurs could agree a cut-price deal for him in the winter window. Atalanta would rather accept this than let the Ukrainian leave on a free transfer next summer.

The player will be disappointed his transfer to Spurs will not be going through today. After all, it would have been a great opportunity for him to play under Conte. Plus, he would pick up a pay rise by joining Spurs.

Instead, Malinovskyi will have to spend the next few months trying to impress at Atalanta. This will ensure Spurs remain interested in him, setting up a potential January move to the Prem.

An alternative to Malinovskyi is Gelson Martins, whom Spurs could move for before the window closes.