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Report: Incoming figure was always Fabio Paratici's number one target after previous talks broke down

Paulo Fonseca was Fabio Paratici’s number one managerial target for Tottenham after talks with Antonio Conte broke down.

Reports over the last week or so have claimed that the Sevilla manager turned down a move to North London.

However, according to’s Alasdair Gold, Fonseca was the main target after the Conte talks failed.

Spurs’ long wait for a new manager could be set for an elongated conclusion with an announcement not expected until next week.

The 47-year-old was said to have held talks with Paratici in Milan yesterday as they discussed the final details of his appointment.

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Talks with the ex-Internazionale boss broke down after a disagreement between the two parties.

TBR View: Fonseca being number one target shows lack of planning from Tottenham

Fonseca being the number one target is a worrying sign for Tottenham in their search for a new manager.

His spell with the Serie A outfit didn’t prove fruitful since his appointment back in 2019.

The club have struggled massively in the Italian top-flight, failing to finish inside the top four in any of his two seasons.

They finished in seventh-placed last season, which saw them fail to qualify for the Europa League or Champions League.

However, in someone like Lopetegui, the club would’ve been targeting a far more successful manager.

The Spaniard has worked wonders with the Andalusian outfit, finishing in the top four in each of the last two campaigns.

It proves worrying that a report has emerged claiming the club never attempted to appoint the 54-year-old.

His recent record in league and continental football makes him a standout candidate.

The latest update regarding Tottenham’s pursuit of Fonseca proves incredibly worrying. His appointment shows a lack of planning from the Lilywhites, who were should’ve chosen Lopetegui.

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