Antonio Conte has officially left Tottenham, raising questions about the club’s plans for the future with Fabio Paratici in charge, but will Spurs continue chasing Serie A stars if the ex-Juventus director also leaves?
Tottenham confirmed Conte’s departure on Sunday night, but according to The Athletic, football director Fabio Paratici had tried to persuade chairman Daniel Levy to keep his compatriot at the club until the end of his contract in June.
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Reports in Italy suggest Paratici’s position at the club could be in danger following Conte’s exit and Rai journalist Ciro Venerato confirmed on Sunday that the former Juventus director is under scrutiny in North London.
“Conte may not be the only one leaving Tottenham, these days, in fact, are quite difficult also for Fabio Paratici,” he said (via Tuttojuve).
Paratici has made several purchases from Serie A during his reign in North London, starting with Cristian Romero from Atalanta in 2021.
The Argentina international was followed by Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus in January 2022 and Ivan Perisic as a free agent from Inter last summer.
Paratici also signed U21 Italy international Destiny Udogie who has remained on loan at Udinese until the end of the season.
Clearly, Paratici has a predilection for Serie A players, having spent more than a decade in Italy, working for Sampdoria and Juventus, among others.
Therefore, Conte’s exit doesn’t necessarily mean Tottenham will stop chasing Serie A stars in the near future, but if Paratici follows his compatriot out of North London, the situation will change, Football Italia understands.
Paratici was tasked by Levy with shortlisting potential successors for Conte, which suggests the club has a long-term plan for the Italian.
The ex-Bianconeri director is among the 12 individuals committed for trial in the criminal investigation looking into the Old Lady’s finances. The preliminary hearing took place in Turin on Monday morning but was postponed to May 10. The outcome of the potential trial may also have an impact on the future of Paratici and Tottenham’s transfer strategies in the long run.