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Tottenham Hotspur Plotting A Summer Swoop For Juventus Duo: Why Paratici Might Make It Happen

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According to Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing an exciting summer move for Juventus pair Leonardo Bonucci and Dejan Kulusevski. While the search is still on for a new manager, the appointment of Fabio Paratici as the sporting director is indeed a right step forward. The Italian spent 11 years in Piedmont and his influence would be massive in the coming days to strengthen the setup.

Spurs were close to rope in Antonio Conte as their new chief, but the talks broke down for various reasons and the Lilywhites have now switched their sights elsewhere to find a successor of Jose Mourinho. A seventh-placed league finish is not something that Daniel Levy would be proud of and a shake-up across the pitch can’t be ruled out either with a few exits already on the cards.

Bonucci, 34, is still irreplaceable at the heart of the backline for both club and the country as the Azzurri international has conquered 8 scudetto in 10 years (over two stints) for the Old Lady. He still has a fascinating opportunity to come across the English game and his leadership traits would help Tottenham overcome the defensive frailty if the transfer eventually takes place.

Tottenham Hotspur target Dejan Kulusevski in action for Juventus
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Why Spurs Must Prioritize A Move For The Swedish Sensation

Kulusevski, on the other hand, is an emerging prospect who completed a  €35m ( which could rise to €44m based on the add-ons) move from Atalanta back in winter 2020. His stunning form at Parma earned him a regular status in Turin under Andrea Pirlo and the 21-year-old went on to feature 47 times, scoring and assisting 7 times each, across competitions (stats via Transfermarket). However, his progress would be measured once more while representing Sweden in the upcoming Euros.

Spurs, meanwhile, are sweating over the future of hitman Harry Kane amid interest from Manchester City. The Three Lions skipper is willing to part ways for silverware, also Gareth Bale is unlikely to return for the upcoming term following the season-long loan. Steven Bergwijn missed out on the Netherlands’ final Euro 2020 squad after a dreadful spell and therefore the major shake-up in the attacking third might generate enough fund to enable Spurs to convince Juventus for their Swedish ace.

A comeback victory against Leicester City cemented Tottenham’s place in the newly-formed UEFA Europa Conference League. It is the third-tier of European competition behind the prestigious Champions League and Europa League, but the North Londoners must aim for the glory to end their title drought and start afresh.

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