Over the past few weeks, there has been an insinuation in Italy that Tottenham could be interested in Leandro Paredes, currently at Paris Saint-Germain.

The main reason for that is that Fabio Paratici is the man in charge of transfers at Spurs, and the Italian was an admirer of what the Argentine had to offer back when he was at AS Roma.

The midfielder has since played for Zenit St Petersburg and now Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s likely to be sold in the summer if the right offer comes along, which Tottenham could put forward.

L’Equipe look at the situation on Tuesday, and explain that Spurs, who ended up signing Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus late on, ‘manifested an interest’ for him in January.

It’s said that one of the reasons why he’s been operated for his sports hernia now, as they don’t want to ‘jeopardise a potential transfer this summer in case of an interesting offer’.

Following Tottenham’s interest over the winter, the hope is that ‘other clubs from the Premier League come back to the charge’ in the summer, although whether Spurs will be among those remains to be seen.

Paredes does a similar job to what Bentancur offers, and so perhaps it was one or the other for Paratici, and he found what he was looking for with the Uruguayan.