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Alasdair Gold

Fabio Paratici maintains strong influence at Tottenham during transfer window after FIFA ban

Fabio Paratici is still helping to guide Tottenham Hotspur on a consultancy basis understands, having officially resigned from the Premier League club in April.

FIFA's lifting of parts of the Italian's 30-month ban are understood to allow Spurs' former managing director of football to undertake in consultancy for clubs.

The 50-year-old Italian arrived at Tottenham as managing director of football after leaving Juventus in the summer of 2021, having spent more than a decade at the Serie A club as one of its highest ranked officials. It marked the end of a long chase from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to get a man he had coveted for years.

However, within the space of 24 months, Paratici had to step down from his position at Spurs in the wake of investigations into what had happened during his time in Turin and a subsequent 30-month ban from the Italian football federation.

Juventus had been accused of fixing their balance sheets by artificial gains from club transfers and following the Italian football federation's investigation into the club, Paratici was handed the longest ban of all the charged 11 former and current Juventus executives, one that was then extended worldwide by FIFA.

Paratici lost his appeal against that Italian ban in April and he then resigned from Tottenham.

A Spurs statement from Levy back then read: "This has been a stressful time for Fabio and his family. We wanted to ensure that we allowed for due process to be followed. Fabio is a man who lives and breathes football - we wish him well. As outlined in our year end results, we started several months ago to restructure our football operations and last week announced the appointment of Scott Munn as chief football officer to head up all the departments. We shall continue to strengthen our football functions over the coming months."

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There is also an Italian court case looking at Juventus as part of the Prisma Investigation, which was started by the Turin prosecutor's office in looking into the Serie A club. A preliminary hearing in that case was postponed until October 26.

On top of that UEFA also revealed back in December that the Club Financial Control Body First Chamber had opened an investigation into the Serie A side "on the alleged financial violations that were recently made public as a result of the proceedings led by the Italian Companies and Exchange Commission and the public prosecutor in Turin".

In the days after Paratici's Spurs resignation, FIFA reduced some elements of the global extension of his ban to allow him to return to football activity at a reduced capacity.

A statement then from the Italian and his lawyers read: "FIFA has upheld the appeal presented by Fabio Paratici against the provision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee which, in extending the temporary inhibition imposed by the FIGC worldwide, extended it to a ban on taking part in any activity linked to football. Paratici, assisted before FIFA by a team of lawyers made up of Paolo Lombardi, Luca Pastore and Ian Laing, will therefore be able to continue working in the world of football, albeit with reduced duties compared to those carried out to date, in compliance with the limits imposed by the sanction imposed by the FIGC."

FIFA's lifting of parts of that ban are understood to allow Paratici to undertake in consultancy for clubs.

Reports in Italy claim that he has been advising recently-relegated Sampdoria and understands that Spurs are also still receiving advice on a consultation basis from the Italian.

So far this summer all three of Tottenham's early deals in the transfer market - on moves past and present - bear the touch of Paratici. The north London club moved to make Dejan Kulusevski's switch from Juventus a permanent one for £25.7million and the obligation to sign Pedro Porro permanently following his January loan for a total of £39million kicks in after the end of this month.

The first new face at Spurs is set to be Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario for a reported fee of €19million (£16.3million) with the 26-year-old having starred in Serie A for the past two years and been a member of Roberto Mancini's Italy squad. reported this week that Paratici had long been an admirer of the goalkeeper, along with chief scout Leonardo Gabbanini, and had made enquires about the shot-stopper's availability earlier this year.

Paratici is understood to be aiding the club's summer plans to rebuild the squad for new head coach Ange Postecoglou. The Australian is a big fan of James Maddison, as are both Levy and Paratici, and the Spurs chairman is looking to drive through a deal for the Leicester midfielder to be a part of the club's new-look football.

Despite his involvement since his resignation, the Paratici structure at Spurs is also being dismantled in part by new chief football officer Scott Munn with reporting this week that performance director Gretar Steinsson set to leave the club after being brought in by the Italian less than a year ago.

The exit of the former Iceland international is said to have resulted in surprised reactions from players and staff within the club. Steinsson had a remit that involved both the first team and academy and staff were informed that Munn would be taking on his duties in the mean time.

Spurs are yet to appoint a new director of football type to fill the gap left officially by Paratici's resignation and now Steinsson's exit, and all eyes will be on who gets the new job and just how involved the Italian will continue to be.

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