Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi remains on Tottenham’s radar ahead of the January transfer window.
Malinovskyi was heavily linked with a move to Spurs during the latter stage of the summer transfer window but the transfer did not materialise (TMW).
The Ukrainian has found game time hard to come by in Bergamo this season, and multiple reports over recent weeks have backed him to leave the club in January.
Calciomercato reported earlier this month that Tottenham have already made contact with Atalanta over a deal for the 29-year-old, who is allegedly valued at €30m (£26.1m).
Italian journalist Rudy Galetti also suggested last week that Malinovskyi is likely to leave Gewiss Stadium when the transfer window reopens but he added that Inter Milan were also keen on snapping up the experienced star.
Romano has now explained that Antonio Conte is intent on signing a midfielder in January and that the Atalanta star is one of the names on the North London club’s wishlist.
The journalist said on the House of Champions Podcast: “Tottenham wanted a midfielder. They wanted Malinovskyi from Atalanta and he remains a player appreciated by Tottenham. But it is also about selling players.
“In that case, it was Bryan Gil to Valencia and Malinovskyi to Tottenham, but Atalanta turned down the loan proposals. Let’s see what happens with Malinovskyi as a midfielder.”
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Bryan Gil and Pape Sarr look certain to be loaned out in January and Malnovskyi could replace both players. Not only can the Ukrainian cover for Kulusevski on the right but he can also be used centrally in case Conte opts to use a 3-5-2 on certain occasions.
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