Tottenham look set to make a move for Ruslan Malinovskyi in the New Year with both Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte reportedly in agreement on chasing the Ukraine international’s signature. Spurs picked up a dramatic 4-3 win in their final Premier League game before the World Cup to leave Conte’s side fourth in the table.
They’re just three points adrift of Manchester City in second, but have Manchester United and Liverpool chasing them for a spot in the top four. Qualifying for next year’s Champions League will be Conte’s main aim for the season once again.
And the January window presents an opportunity for the Italian to invest in his current squad. Richarlison has proven to be a good piece of business with the Brazilian impressing alongside Harry Kane.
But injuries could still leave Conte short of options heading into the business end of the season. Conte is short of attacking midfield players in the squad and has been linked with a move for Atalanta’s Malinovskyi.
The 29-year-old impressed in Serie A last season, providing 12 assists as well as scoring eight goals. His creativity is seen as a huge selling point for Conte at Tottenham and it seems the Spurs boss may get support in making a move for the midfielder.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Conte has put in a ‘request’ for Tottenham to make a bid for Malinovskyi. And Paratici is said to be in ‘harmony’ with the Tottenham boss and will push forward with a bid in January.
Tottenham’s transfer hopes may prove difficult as Atalanta’s boss Gian Piero Gasperini reportedly regards Malinovskyi as ‘non-transferable’. But they may not have a choice but to sell with Malinovskyi’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
He’s also dropped out as a regular in Atalanta’s starting line-up with the midfielder predominantly used as a squad player this year. Negotiations between Tottenham and Atalanta are expected to start in the near future to discuss a January deal.
But with Malinovskyi’s contract expiring in 2023, Tottenham will have most of the leverage in negotiations.