Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovsky could be on the move next year after were heavily linked with the attacking midfielder during the summer transfer window.
CalcioMercato reported just one day before the transfer deadline that the Ukrainian was still hopeful of completing a late move to Spurs.
The report explained that apart from Tottenham, the likes of Leicester City and Nottingham Forest had also expressed an interest in Malinovskyi but the player’s preference was said to be to link up with Antonio Conte’s side.
Romano has now revealed that Spurs and Marseille were the only two clubs to show serious interest in the 29-year-old, with both the Premier League and the Ligue 1 club reportedly keen to sign the player on loan with an option to buy.
However, the journalist explained that Atalanta president Antonio Percassi decided against selling Malinovskyi this summer.
Tottenham and Olympique Marseille wanted Ruslan Malinovskyi on loan with buy option. Player's dream was to join Spurs but Atalanta president Percassi decided not to sell him. ⚠️🇺🇦 #THFC
Situation remains open for the next year. pic.twitter.com/0WmnX7Aj1D
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 3, 2022
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Malinovsky is now into the final year of his contract at Bergamo (Transfermarkt). If the Ukrainian does not sign a new deal within the next couple of months, Atalanta will have to sell him for a cut-price fee in January or risk losing him for nothing next summer. Spurs might go back in for the midfielder during the January window, depending on how the season unfolds.
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