Ezequiel Munoz's agent has said to Radio CRC that the defender won't be leaving Palermo for Serie A rivals Napoli or Roma this month, though maintains that a move away from Italian football could be on the cards.
Palermo have proven a surprise package since returning to Serie A this term, making their way into the top half of the table with some sparkling attacking displays.
Much of the attention has fallen on the shoulders of brilliant young striker Paulo Dybala, but the Rosanero have had impressive performers in all phases of the game.
The Argentine is out of a contract at the end of the season and Palermo have been unable to lock him down to a new deal, at risk of losing him this month.
Tuttomercatoweb had previously reported that Spurs would face strong challenges from Roma and Napoli to land the 24-year-old in a cut-price deal before deadline day arrives.
But agent Fernando Ortiz has told Radio CRC program ‘Si gonfia la rete’ that the pair of Serie A giants will not sign Munoz this month – though a foreign club could.
Ortiz said: “Munoz to Napoli? It is not true, it is a lie as big as the city of Palermo. With the club we have been clear, but there are no contacts with Napoli, we have not spoken with Bigon, Micheli or De Laurentiis.
“It is also not true that Munoz will go to Roma, but I am sure that by the end of the transfer window, some team will come forward.
“I think the clubs interested in Italy will want to open a dialogue in June. However, the discourse changes abroad and then Munoz could go in January.”
What seems clear is that Serie A sides who are drawn to Munoz are keen to wait until he is available for free at the end of the season.
Should Spurs be willing to stump up the cash – still at a diminished price, considering his expiring contract – their path to Munoz in turn could be relatively clear.
Tottenham haven’t been incredibly impressive in defence this term with 30 goals shipped in the Premier League as Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio and Younes Kaboul have seen the majority of the minutes.
At 24 years of age, Munoz offers an injection of youth at the back for Maurico Pochettino’s side, and the Argentine’s decision not to renew with Palermo is indicative of his ambition.
It remains to be seen whether Spurs will jump at the opportunity to land him before the winter transfer window slams shut, but Ortiz’s comments suggest they’ll have a solid chance of getting their man should Pochettino green light a move.