Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has given some significant updates on Tottenham during an appearance on Sky Sports News.
Di Marzio appeared to substantiate reports (via the Telegraph) linking Spurs with a move for former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo – in fact, he said talks between Tottenham and the the Portuguese coach are now at an advanced stage.
The Sky in Italy journalist said this while talking about the work ethic of Spurs’ new Director of Football, Fabio Paratici.
“He works 24 hours a day. He doesn’t sleep. He’s a machine,” Di Marzio said of Paratici. “Every day with the phone. He started late and so he started with Antonio Conte, because Conte was the first choice, because he knew Conte so it’s normal for him to call Conte for the first time.
“Conte was not convinced to come, not [un]convinced [by] Tottenham [but rather] not convinced to come back [to management] immediately after he left Inter Milan. Then they tried with Fonseca, then Gattuso – a lot of problems.
“But now I think they have [made] a choice – it’s Nuno Espirito Santo. I think that with Nuno the talks are advanced. I cannot say it will be Nuno because when we say it will be Fonseca, it will be Gattuso, something changes. But I think now Nuno could be Tottenham manager.”
If Di Marzio is correct, it sounds like Tottenham could finally be about to end their long, drawn out search for Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement.
What’s more, Di Marzio went on to suggest a player Nuno and Spurs could attempt to sign once they have had a meeting about transfers.
That player is Sevilla defender Jules Kounde – Di Marzio appears to think a centre-back will be a priority for Tottenham this summer.
Of course, all of the above is just speculation. We all know that ‘advanced talks’ mean nothing when it comes to Tottenham, so let’s wait and see.