It’s been a rough time for Tottenham fans in recent weeks.
In addition to uncertainty surrounding the future of star player Harry Kane, the club also failed in a deal to make serial winner Antonio Conte their next manager.
The good news is Spurs are expected to announce the appointment of Fabio Paratici this week in a capacity similar to his chief football officer role at Juventus, where he spent 11 years, with Paulo Fonseca also likely to follow.
Paratici’s experience should help to re-steady the ship, and could even help Tottenham to be more productive in the transfer market.
Here’s a list of players at Euro 2020 – which gets underway tonight – who they should be monitoring closely.
Marcel Sabitzer – Austria
Sabitzer would be a welcome addition in midfield.
The RB Leipzig man, who is set to enter the final year of his contract with the club, scored 8 goals in the Bundesliga last campaign and adds a slightly deeper attacking threat that Spurs could do with.
He’s also been used in a more defensive role at times, and versatility is never a bad thing when it comes to playing in the Premier League, with Spurs having held a long-term interest in him.
Leanardo Bonucci – Italy
With Paratici joining, Spurs are inevitably going to be linked with players he worked with at Juventus. One of whom is Bonucci.
football.london reported in March that the club are determined to sign a defensive leader this summer, and there’s not many better out there than Bonucci.
The Italian defender is an assured veteran who knows what it takes to win trophies at the highest level, and his experience could help to nurture young talents Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga who are both looking to nail down starting roles at the club in the immediate future.
Joachim Andersen – Denmark
Andersen didn’t disappoint whilst on loan to Fulham from Lyon last campaign, so much so that football.london understands Spurs would be interested in signing the defender this summer.
Although the west London outfit were eventually relegated from the Premier League, the 25-year-old Danish international stood out as one of the side’s better players.
He was nominated for the league’s Player of the Month award in February after a string of impressive defensive displays, and is again another versatile option who can play either side of central defence or even in a deep midfield role.
Wout Weghorst – Netherlands
Even if Kane decides to stay, Spurs need another striker.
Weghorst, who is believed to be a reliable finisher in front of goal, could be the man to provide the perfect rotation for the England skipper.
Wolfsburg valued him at £32million last summer, and at 28, he doesn’t have too many years left at the top of his game, but signing him could be a gamble that pays off.
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Pau Torres – Spain
Torres put in a fine display against Manchester United two weeks ago as he helped his side go on to lift the Europa League trophy, and he will be hoping he can have the same impact for Spain in the coming month.
He isn’t the most muscular, but has good mobility and you rarely see him lose out in duels with opposition attackers.
Milan Skriniar – Slovakia
Conte’s appointment undoubtedly would’ve helped with any pursuit of Skriniar, a player they tried to sign last summer but couldn’t get a deal over the line.
And of course, without him, a potential deal looks that little bit more difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, especially given the Nerazzurri’s financial situation.
Slovakia may not go very far at the Euros, but we should still be able to see just how competent a defender Skriniar is.