Report reveals Fonseca and Paratici disagreed on transfer plans

Paulo Fonseca
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CalcioMercato have revealed that Paulo Fonseca and Fabio Partici disagreed on where Tottenham’s transfer budget needed to be allocated this summer.

Tottenham’s move for Fonseca collapsed earlier this week, with the North London club deciding to make a surprise move for Gennaro Gattuso instead.

That move ended in embarrassment as the club pulled away from talks with the Italian after fan backlash on social media to the news of his potential appointment.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that some within Tottenham had indicated that the club’s face-to-face talks with Fonseca did not go well, with the Spurs hierarchy not being convinced by the Portuguese coach’s vision.

Calcio Mercato have now stated that one of the reasons the Portuguese coach’s move to Tottenham fell through was the difference of opinion he had with Paratici.

The report explains that Spurs’ new managing director of football favoured a conservative approach, with the majority of the club’s transfer budget being allocated to strengthening the backline.

However, Fonseca is said to have favoured a ‘Tottenham devoted to attack’, with only a small part of the budget being used to bolster the defence.

It is alleged that while this opposing view was not a deal-breaker, it proved to be an area from which several points of disagreements arose between the pair.

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A lot of Levy’s critics were calling for him to delegate footballing decisions to a more qualified person. The Spurs chairman has just done that by hiring one of the most highly reputed sporting directors in the game.

However, it still seems to be Levy who is getting flak for Paratici’s decisions. It seems pretty evident that our approaches for the likes of Conte, Fonseca and Gattuso were all driven by Paratici.

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