Ruslan Malinovskyi won’t be joining Tottenham after the Spurs withdrew from the contest to sign the Atalanta playmaker, with Marseille now the favourite to get him.
Although Fabio Paratici completed the most of Tottenham’s summer business before the deadline, the club is undoubtedly looking to add one or two players.
Tottenham looks to be concentrating on a winger or playmaker as Bryan Gil is about to complete another loan move to Valencia.
Among the names cited are Hakim Ziyech, Daniel James, and Adama Traore, however it appears that Malinovskyi may be struck off the list.
Tutto Atalanta reported earlier this month that Tottenham is nearing an agreement to acquire Malinovskyi.
The two teams were negotiating, but it was known that the Ukrainian was eager to transfer to North London.
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Atalanta wants to sell straight now, but Tottenham preferred a loan with a buyout option.
Spurs no longer appear to be in the running for Malinovskyi, according to L’Equipe, who also reports that Tottenham have dropped out of the competition.
Get French Football News said that Malinovskyi had had his heart set on Tottenham, but Spurs are no longer interested.
As a result, a transfer to Marseille before the transfer deadline on Thursday is possible.
Following Thursday’s draw, Malinovskyi will wind up facing Tottenham in the Champions League group stage should he decide to transfer to Marseille.
Malinovskyi, 29, has a penchant for hitting long-range goals with his hammer-like left foot. He had 10 goals and seven assists last season.
Malinovskyi, a talented midfielder with genuine goal-scoring potential, may have added something unique to this Tottenham team, especially off the bench.
Tottenham turned down a potential trade because they were never going to pay a lot of money on a player with such little potential for resale.