Tottenham’s Jules Kounde transfer breakthrough has one condition, as Paratici readies axe for eight players

Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde is open to a move to Tottenham, while new Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici is ready to clear out as many as eight players, claim reports.

Paratici arrived from Juventus as Spurs’ first director of football at the start of July and has already put Nuno Espirito Santo in place as head coach.

But the Italian now wants to clear the decks at Spurs and has plans to offload a large number of fringe players.

According to The Times, Tottenham are ready to part ways with Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Joe Hart, Serge Aurier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jack Clarke, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Winks.

Plans are already in place to send Erik Lamela to LaLiga side Sevilla. That will be part of a cash-plus-player swap deal to sign Bryan Gil.

Gil is set to become the club’s first summer signing. H will arrive from Sevilla in a £21.6m deal with Lamela moving to the Spanish club.

Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is also heading to the capital on loan. That deal will have the option to make it permanent for £13m.

Paratici is also negotiating for Gollini’s Atalanta team-mate Cristian Romero.

According to Sky Sports, Spurs have made an offer of at least £34m, plus £8.5m in bonuses, but no deal has been agreed.

Spurs are also interested in Sevilla star Kounde and have been all summer. And the fact that a deal with Romero has not been concluded may be due to Kounde’s change of heart.


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