Tottenham Hotspur have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs in the transfer window, but Antonio Conte isn’t done with Fabio Paratici potentially planning four more arrivals.
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It’s been a manic start to the transfer window for Tottenham Hotspur, who have already made three summer signings as Antonio Conte begins to restructure his squad.
Spurs confirmed the arrival of Brighton star Yves Bissouma on Friday for a fee of around £25m after Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster joined from Inter Milan and Southampton respectively. The Mali international will fit perfectly into Conte’s system, having played a similar role at the Seagulls.
Perisic can operate in a variety of roles on the left or right, while Forster will provide competition for first-choice keeper Hugo Lloris. Two experienced players who will no doubt add depth to the team and help the younger players.
Now Tottenham are preparing to continue their spending spree with at least three more additions and potentially a fourth after it was revealed Conte wanted a minimum of six signings. But there are four positions Spurs will want to further strengthen in the market.
The first area is at left centre-back and this is a position Spurs may need to spend a lot of money on. RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol, Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi and Torino’s Gleison Bremer are all names on their shortlist. A move for Alessandro Bastoni is not yet entirely out of the question, although a move will prove difficult with the defender keen to stay at San Siro.
Switching to the right side of back five and Djed Spence has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs following his impressive season-long loan spell at Nottingham Forest. Middlesbrough are yet to receive an offer for the talented 21-year-old but Tottenham are expected to step in soon, with Borussia Dortmund also interested.
Having completed the signing of Bissouma, Conte is keen to further strengthen his midfield with a creative-minded player and talks have taken place between Spurs and Christian Eriksen ahead of a potential move. He’s a free agent and would represent another great deal, especially as he’s aware of Conte’s demands, having worked alongside him at Inter.
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Manchester United have shown an interest in Eriksen, while Brentford, for whom the Dane played for six months this season, also want him back. Eriksen would love to test himself once again in the Champions League and has an affinity with Spurs and their fans after spending six years at the club.
The final area where Spurs could strengthen is up front with Richarlison linked with a £60m move from Everton. Fabio Paratici is a big fan of the Brazilian, who scored 11 league goals last season and wants to play in the Champions League. The Toffees are keen to sign Harry Winks and that could prove key in the negotiations.