Fabio Paratici is the man who brought Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and signed Paul Pogba from Manchester United for free – and will soon take over Tottenham transfers

Tottenham fans who have spent years moaning about Daniel Levy’s transfer policy will be pleased with the latest developments at the club.

The chairman is relinquishing some of his responsibility and handing it over to a sporting director: former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici.

Paratici has left Juve as part of a shake-up after they finished fourth in Serie A
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Spurs might’ve failed in their pursuit to land Antonio Conte, who worked with Paratici at Juve, but the transfer guru still looks likely to join Spurs nonetheless.

Coming from a club like the Old Lady, Paratici is used to big budgets, as his record shows.

It seems unlikely the Italian would agree to join Tottenham if they are going to be stingy in the transfer market.

The club may, of course, be bracing themselves for the exit of star striker Harry Kane, which could leave them with £150m to spend on the squad.

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Having received heavy criticism for the way they spent the £85m from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Spurs might be preparing themselves to make better decisions should their star player leave.

However, during his 11-year spell in Turin, Paratici developed a reputation as a shrewd mover in the market, not just a big spender.

An impressive spotter of talent, he signed Andrea Pirlo for nothing and got Paul Pogba for free from Manchester United before selling him back for £89m.

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Dani Alves, Emre Can, and Sami Khedira also join a long list of impressive freebies secured by Paratici.

But the biggest signing of the 48-year-old’s career also happens to be his most expensive.

Juve came out of nowhere to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2018, paying £99m for superstar who was 33 at the time.

This guy proved a pretty good signing
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Having scored more than a hundred goals for the club in those three years, it’s no wonder Paratici once called him the ‘signing of the century’.

Not every move has been money well spent. Paratici secured the signature of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, when Manchester United and a host of other top clubs were desperate to sign him.

But the £67.5m they paid has not been reflected in De Ligt’s difficult time at the club so far, although he is only 21.

Paratici’s biggest signings at Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo (Signed from Real Madrid, £99m)

Gonzalo Higuain (Signed from Napoli, £81m)

Matthijs de Ligt (Signed from Ajax, £67.5m)

Arthur (Signed from Barcelona, £65m)

Joao Cancelo (Signed from Valencia, £36m)

Douglas Costa (Signed from Bayern Munich, £36m)

Paulo Dybala (Signed from Palermo, £36m)

Federico Bernadeschi (Signed from Fiorentina, £36m)

Danilo (Signed from Manchester City, £33m)

Even still, his imminent arrival represents a statement of intent from Spurs.

If only they could find a manager.