Sources: Tottenham agree three-year contract with Paratici amid new manager talks

Fabio Paratici has agreed a three-year Tottenham contract to be their new director of football, Football Insider understands.

The Italian former midfielder, 48, formally starts his new role this week but has already been working behind the scenes on the club’s manager pursuit.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Paratici is putting pen to paper today on a deal that puts him in charge of the club’s transfer and contract negotiations.

He is also spearheading the club’s new manager pursuit after taking that responsibility over from Steve Hitchen.

The well-connected Paratici has been talking to agents and prospective managerial candidates after talks to appoint Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino collapsed last week.

Paratici was regarded in some quarters as part of an all-Italian ticket with Conte but that is not the case.

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Spurs have pushed ahead with a deal for the recently-departed Juventus transfer chief and he has agreed a contract running until 2024.

It will see the Londoners return to the director of football model and a two-tier management structure with a head coach rather than a manager, as Pochettino was in his final years at the club.

Longstanding chairman Daniel Levy has previously employed Damien Comolli, Frank Arnesen and David Pleat in the role of sporting director.

 

Paratici has a fine reputation in the game and has spent the last 11 years in various executive roles at Juventus.

Juventus announced last week that his contract would not be renewed and he held a farewell press conference last Friday (4th June).

In other news, Kieran Maguire has dropped “huge” prediction after £250m, 20-year Tottenham deal agreed.