Italian football expert Conor Clancy has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur cannot go wrong in their rumoured pursuit of Hellas Verona midfielder Antonin Barak.
Barak has had the most productive season of his career so far, with 11 goals and four assists in 29 league appearances for Verona (Transfermarkt).
TuttoMercatoWeb claimed last month that Spurs are ‘pressing strongly’ for the attacking midfielder while Mundo Udinese subsequently reported that Conte could convince the Verona star to unite with him in North London this summer.
The print edition of Italian publication L’Arena (11/05/22 – as relayed by Sport Witness) revealed earlier this month that Spurs made an attempt to snap up the Czech Republic international in January but the negotiations had to be suspended as Fabio Paratici was in a race against time to snap up Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.
The report added that Barak remains on Conte’s wishlist ahead of the summer, with the Italian alleged to have ‘already identified a midfield role’ for the Verona star.
Clancy has now described the 27-year-old as a perfect footballer and insisted that he is guaranteed to succeed at Spurs.
When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Barak, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “Barak, he’s a guarantee. When he plays for Verona, he’s always a threat, whether or not he’s getting on the end of chances or creating them himself.
“He’s decent in the air as well, which you don’t usually see from attacking midfielders. He doesn’t look like a player who’s going to be that elegant on the ball, but he’s technically excellent.
“He can score all sorts of goals, his timing of runs is pretty flawless. I think he’s a perfect footballer.”
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Conte and Paratici will certainly be well aware of Barak’s qualities, given how closely they follow Italian football.
I believe Spurs are unlikely to spend big on an attacking midfielder as Conte is likely to stick with a 3-4-3, and is thus essentially only looking for a squad player.
Barak might fit the bill given that he has only two years left to run on his contract and is unlikely to be too expensive.
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