Tottenham’s Fabio Paratici pursuit unaffected by Conte snub

Tottenham’s pursuit of Fabio Paratici will reportedly not be affected by the news that the club have backed out of talks with Antonio Conte.

Conte had emerged as the frontrunner for the vacant manager’s job at Spurs in recent days, with the London club looking to finally find a successor to Jose Mourinho.

Expected to join Conte in moving to Tottenham was Paratici, who was understood to be handed the sporting director’s job at the Premier League side.

It was originally seen as a move to bring in a key Conte ally, with Paratici having helped the Italian manager to return Juventus to the top of Serie A.

The executive is credited with changing the Old Lady’s scouting system and their youth system, holding the posts of sporting director, chief football officer and managing director in Turin.

Paratici has also been praised for Juve’s transfer strategy during his time in charge, with the Serie A giants signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Ramsey and Andre Pirlo among others.

He left Juventus a week ago on Friday, with it subsequently emerging that he was set to join Conte at Tottenham.

But The Telegraph report that Spurs have now backed away from bringing in Conte, with the two sides unable to come to an agreement on the Italian’s various demands.

While Conte is no longer likely to return to the Premier League, the report does state that Paratici’s prospective appointment will not be impacted by the breakdown in talks.

It is stated that his appointment is now being finalised, with the former Juve director having verbally agreed to move to Spurs regardless of who is in the dugout come the start of the season.

It is also believed that Paratici’s role will form part of the existing structure of the club, with the Italian set to be handed similar responsibilities to those he was given at Juventus.

While he would have hoped to be concentrating on working with Conte to rebuild the Tottenham squad, it appears that Paratici will now have to find an alternative candidate for the manager’s job.

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