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Tottenham start Premier League season with date against champions

Tottenham have been handed a mouth-watering opening day game with Premier League champions Manchester City on August 14 after the fixtures were announced on Wednesday.

It could hardly get much tougher for Spurs, who are still waiting to appoint a successor to Jose Mourinho.

Spurs will follow up that home game with an away day at Wolves (Aug 21) and return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a week later to take on Watford (Aug 28).

The following month will see Tottenham take on deadly rivals Arsenal at The Emirates (Sept 25). The reverse fixture with the Gunners is on January 15.

Crystal Palace will visit on Boxing Day, while two days later Spurs will head south to face Southampton. A New Year’s Day tussle with Watford away then awaits.

Spurs will bring down the curtain on their season with an away trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City.

Our 2021/22 #PLFixtures have landed!

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 16, 2021

Meanwhile, Fabio Paratici has targeted two Inter Milan stars as he looks to make a flying start in his new role as Tottenham’s sporting director.

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Inter pair wanted by Paratici

The Italian was officially confirmed in his new role on Saturday, leading to Spurs to already being linked with a number of players – particularly from Serie A.

Paratici has also been given the responsibility of ending the club’s manager search – with Paulo Fonseca remaining the top option.

Reports on Monday claimed that Paratici was already looking to fix the club’s problem centre-back position. And that theme has continued, with an Inter star one of two names on Tottenham’s radar.

According to Inter Live (as cited by Sport Witness), the former Juventus director is planning a ‘double assault’ to sign defender Stefan de Vrij and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

Paratici worked with Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta at Juve. To that end, the new Spurs transfer chief wants to tap into that relationship again.

The report adds that Paratici would be ‘willing to put only €47m (£40m) on the table’ to sign the two title-winners.

A figure of €22m would be offered to sign Holland star De Vrij, who has been with Inter since 2018.

The remaining €25m would then be spent on Croatian midfielder Brozovic, who featured against England last weekend.

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