Report: Paratici has ‘strong interest’ in signing highly-rated teenager for Spurs

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The Daily Mail have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur could make a move to try and sign AS Monaco starlet Mamadou Coulibaly in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham started rebuilding their squad under Antonio Conte during the January window, with the club having a mini-clear out and bringing in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur through the Hotspur Way doors.

Conte will likely expect a lot more business to be done in the summer, with the Spurs boss making it clear publicly that there is a big gap between his squad and the best teams in the Premier League (Sky Sports).

The Mail have now revealed that Fabio Paratici is planning to focus his transfer strategy in the summer on young, up and coming talent as well as players whose contracts are dwindling.

Coulibaly is said to be among the players the Spurs managing director has his eye on, with the report claiming that the Italian has ‘declared a strong interest’ in the 17-year-old.

The report described the teenager, who is out of contract at the end of the season, as one of the ‘most highly-rated players in his age group’ in France.

It is asserted that Monaco are trying to extend Coulibaly’s contract but Paratici is hoping to use his ‘good connections’ in the French market to bring the midfielder to Spurs.

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While Conte would have to be handed readymade reinforcements who would instantly improve our starting eleven, the club will also continue looking to sign the best young talents in Europe like Coulibaly.

One of the likely reasons what Levy was keen to bring Paratici on board is to give Spurs an edge in terms of scouting and singing the best young players. Over the long term, that strategy might be our best bet in closing the gap with the best teams in the Premier League.

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