Over the past week or so, we’ve seen a number of claims surrounding Tottenham coming back for Ruslan Malinovskyi in January.

Spurs were already interested in the Ukraine international over the summer, but nothing serious ever happened, even if the player was intrigued by the prospect of moving to the London club.

He stayed at Atalanta, where he has played a bit-part role under Gian Piero Gasperini, who isn’t overly fussed if he loses the Tottenham target.

Antonio Conte’s side aren’t the only ones keeping an eye on the situation, though, as Gazzetta dello Sport have an article on the matter on Monday.

They say ‘the right offer will be needed to ignite Atalanta’s January transfer market’, and the one player they hope to get rid of is Malinovskyi.

Marseille, who were in the race over the summer, are still interested and while Amine Harit could have sweetened the deal, it’s said they ‘could go’ for the player without counterparts, even if it is hard for them to meet the 18m asking price.

Tottenham, however, do not have that problem, as they ‘do not lack’ the money needed to please the Serie A side, having already ‘made their mark’ on the Italian market last January by signing Dejan Kulusevski and Leandro Paredes from Juventus.

That’s why ‘talks are expected’ between Spurs and Atalanta for Malinovskyi, but ‘more will be known in the coming weeks’.