Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Leandro Paredes to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer transfer window.
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That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Calciomercato.it (via Sport Witness), who claim that Fabio Paratici is keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder ahead of a potential move for the 27-year-old at the end of the current campaign.
The report goes on to state that Tottenham’s managing director was believed to be interested in signing the Argentina international for Juventus prior to his move to AS Roma back in 2014, while PSG are thought to be demanding a figure of around €20m (£16.5m) in order to part with the midfielder this summer.
Conte can axe Ndombele with Paredes
Considering just how impressive Paredes has been for PSG since his €45m (£37.5m) move to the French capital back in January 2019, in addition to the fact that Tanguy Ndombele looks as if he will be on his way out of north London this summer, it is easy to see why both Paratici and Antonio Conte would be interested in a move for the 27-year-old.
Indeed, despite suffering from several knocks this season, the £18m-rated dynamo has been an important part of Mauricio Pochettino’s table-topping PSG side over his 15 Ligue 1 appearances, scoring one goal and registering two assists, as well as making an average of 0.5 key passes and taking 0.5 shots per game.
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The £148k-per-week defensively-minded midfielder has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 59.6 passes and winning 2.9 duels – at a success rate of 61% – per fixture.
These returns have seen the player who @MrAcconci – the co-founder of WhoScored – dubbed the “ultimate midfielder” and Joe Prince-Wright labelled a “superb” talent average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.01.
As such, with Ndombele – a player who Scott Saunders dubbed “anonymous” – looking likely to be shipped out permanently this summer, it would appear highly advisable for Conte to reinvest the funds received from the £120k-per-week Frenchman’s departure into a move for Paredes – as the Argentine would appear to be a much better fit for the Italian’s setup in north London.