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Banned Fabio Paratici to assist Tottenham in transfer window

Fabio Paratici looks on during a Premier League match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur in 2022
Fabio Paratici resigned as Tottenham's director of football in April 2023 - Getty Images/Chris Brunskill

Fabio Paratici will continue to assist Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, despite the arrivals of Scott Munn as chief football officer and technical director Johan Lange.

Head coach Ange Postecoglou ideally wants a new centre-back, a winger and a midfielder, while Spurs will also look to offload some players this month.

Paratici resigned from his job as managing director of football last April after being banned from working within football for his role in alleged false accounting at his former club Juventus.

But the Italian was able to continue to advise Tottenham on a consultancy basis during last summer’s transfer window, before Munn and Lange had started in their jobs, after elements of Paratici’s ban were lifted.

It is understood that Paratici has been used on an ad-hoc consultancy basis when required by Tottenham and that he will continue to be so during the January transfer window.

His assistance is said to have no impact on Munn’s position at the club and Paratici liaises with Lange over Tottenham’s transfer targets and outgoing business.

Lange arrived at Tottenham as the club’s technical director last October, while Munn officially started in his role, overseeing Spurs’s football operations, towards the end of September after his start date was delayed.

Rob Mackenzie has also rejoined the club as chief scout since Parartici’s resignation after Leonardo Gabbanini, who was hired by Paratici, was sacked.

Since resigning from his position, Paratici has continued to be a regular visitor at Tottenham matches and often watches from one of the plush corporate boxes inside the stadium. He has also visited away games this season.

Paratici was credited as being the driving force behind Tottenham’s signing of left-back Destiny Udogie, who has been one of the club’s star performers during the first half of the season after spending a campaign on loan in Italy.

Tottenham have also had recent success in the Italian market by signing goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli and are in negotiations with Genoa over a deal to try to sign central defender Radu Dragusin this month.

Midfielder Pape Matar Sarr, who has signed a new contract that runs to 2030 and has been a revelation under Postecoglou, is another player whose signing from French club Metz was strongly influenced by Paratici.

Paratici’s former club Juventus are among those who have taken an interest in Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Should they sell Hojbjerg, then Spurs could rekindle their interest in Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.

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