Report: Spurs looking to offload £21.6m Fabio Paratici signing

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Tottenham Hotspur are expected to offload Bryan Gil this summer on a permanent basis, according to the Daily Mail.

Gil joined Tottenham from Sevilla last summer having signed a five-year contract in a deal that saw Erik Lamela head to Spain and the La Liga also netting a £21.6m transfer fee, becoming one of Fabio Paratici’s first signings since taking up the managing director of football role (Sky Sports).

The 21-year-old struggled to make an impact during the first half of the season in England, making only nine Premier League appearances from the bench for a total of 86 minutes of top-flight action (transfermarkt).

Gil returned to Spain to join Valencia on loan in January and enjoyed regular first-team football with the Andalusian outfit.

Spurs head coach Antonio Conte, who took over from Nuno Espirito Santo in November admitted after the January transfer window had closed that while Gil is a good player, he lacks the physicality needed to cope with the demands of playing in the Premier League and the club needed to be more thorough with their analysis of transfer targets before signing them (Football.London).

The report claims that alongside Gil, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso who also headed out on loan in January to Lyon and Villarreal respectively are also likely to be sold.

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Gil’s game is much more suited to the style of play in Spain, rather than the rigours of the cold English winter along with the physical demands expected of the players who play here.

It was telling that the club decided to send him back to La Liga in January, rather than to try to push his development in this country with the likes of a Norwich City or Burnley where he would have had regular game time – it appears as if the club had already made their minds up on his future at that stage.

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