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Paratici set to become Tottenham sporting director this week

Fabio Paratici is close to being confirmed as Spurs’ new sporting director, according to reports.

The former defender left Juventus in May after 11 years in Turin. During that time, the Bianconeri won nine consecutive Serie A titles and five Coppa Italias.

He was first linked with a switch to Spurs last week, but remained tight-lipped on a potential move.

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Speaking about the job vacancy, he said: “I don’t think this is the right time to talk about other clubs today it’s my Juventus farewell today.

“My family hopes that I will find a job quickly.

“Working at Juventus is a real education in terms of mentality and style. Obviously, you hope to learn something at every club, but I will certainly bring that with me in future.”

According to Goal, negotiations have moved forward between Spurs and Paratici over the weekend.

He will fly to London this week to sign a major deal with the Premier League side.

Paratici is on the verge of becoming the liaison between chairman Daniel Levy and their new manager.

Spurs are yet to appoint Jose Mourinho’s successor after failing to land a number of targets.

Due to the interest in Paratici, Spurs were linked with his compatriot and former Juventus colleague Antonio Conte.

The serial winner, who recently took Inter to the Serie A title, entered discussions with Levy but rejected the chance to become their new boss.

Spurs fans will be encouraged by the success of Paratici’s signings in Italy. He helped to bring in Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a £99million deal three years ago. The forward has scored 101 goals in just 133 games since then.

He’s also their quickest player to reach 100 goals and their top goalscorer in a single season with 37.

The 48-year-old was instrumental in the signing of Paul Pogba from Manchester United, too.

When United decided to let the midfielder leave back in 2012, Paratici acted quickly to sign one of Europe’s brightest stars.

The move worked as they made an £89million profit on the Frenchman just four years later.

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