Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici has defended the club’s transfer policy.
A difficult January included lukewarm performances on the pitch and difficult negotiations, but Spurs ended the month with two new signings.
Arnaut Danjuma and Pedro Porro have both signed on loan, with the latter becoming permanent this summer after weeks of talks with Sporting Lisbon.
But there has been a lot of dissatisfaction from Tottenham fans with the club’s setup. However, general manager Paratici has insisted he won’t give in to the pressure.
The Italian told club media: “The January transfer window is not easy every time.
“You can’t have a choice in the whole market – a lot of players aren’t available because they’re playing or the other club aren’t happy to sell.
“We are happy to have achieved our goals. We have added two international players to our squad.
“We have to look not at the small image of our transfer window but at the big image of our project. It’s a long-term project.
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“When I arrived here 18 months ago, we used the word ‘rebuild’ to refer to the team, to be competitive at the top level of the Premier League. And we continue like that.
“Every transfer window we want to add two or three players to our squad, to our plan. We want to sign only players who can bring us something, not just sign players because we have to sign players or because we are under pressure to sign players, it’s not our style.
“We know our plans, we know our philosophy and we will continue like this.”
Paratici joined Tottenham in June 2021 and in 18 months has overseen 12 permanent signings, as well as a move for Dejan Kulusevski, who is on loan but there is an option to buy him.
As well as trying to bring in players, many were allowed to leave with just one player from the 2020 summer transfer window, when Jose Mourinho was in charge, still in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s squad.
However, there is a cloud of uncertainty over Paratici’s future at the club following a two-and-a-half-year ban for his role in Juventus’ illegal dealings while at Turin.
The 50-year-old denies any wrongdoing and is set to appeal the Italian Football Federation’s decision.
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