Conte’s transfer targets at Tottenham revealed

epa09114411 Inter's coach Antonio Conte reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match Bologna FC vs FC Inter Milan at Renato Dall'Ara stadium, Bologna, Italy, 03 April 2021. EPA-EFE/ELISABETTA BARACCHI

According to multiple reports in Italy, Dusan Vlahovic and Franck Kessié are Antonio Conte’s priority targets for Tottenham in January.

The Italian tactician has agreed to take over in North London, earning almost €1m per month.

Today, he will take his first training session at his new club.

Conte has received guarantees that Spurs will invest in new signings in January and La Gazzetta dello Sport and Calciomercato.com report that Dusan Vlahovic and Franck Kessié are on top of his transfer shopping list.

Vlahovic sees his Fiorentina contract expire in June 2023, but President Rocco Commisso has already announced that the striker won’t sign a contract extension at the Artemio Franchi.

Joe Barone has refused to rule out that the striker will leave in January and La Gazzetta dello Sport reported last week that Fabio Paratici had met Fiorentina directors to discuss the 21-year-old striker.

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Kessié, on the other hand, sees his Milan contract expire in June 2022 and both Fabio Paratici and Conte are admirers of the Ivorian midfielder.

His contract extension at San Siro seems unlikely and although the Rossoneri are not planning to sell him in January, a big-money offer could help the Serie A giants change their mind.

Il Corriere dello Sport and La Gazzetta dello Sport report Inter defender Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij are also among Conte’s targets and so is Nicolò Barella, but the Nerazzurri are not willing to sell them.

The contracts of the two defenders expire in June 2023, while Barella will soon extend his deal until June 2026.

The Premier League giants will also keep a close eye on Marcelo Brozovic given that his current deal with the Nerazzurri expires this coming June.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazio‘s Manuel Lazzari is also being monitored by Spurs, now that Conte is in charge.

The former SPAL man is playing as a right-back in Lazio’s 4-3-3 formation under Maurizio Sarri, but he is known to be a natural wing-back in a 3-5-2 line-up and Tottenham are lacking players in that position.

13 Comments on “Conte’s transfer targets at Tottenham revealed”

  1. Spurs are not premier league giants. They are a mid table theam who have won Nothing. I honestly don’t know why this site keeps referring to them as one. Also why this comment keeps getting cancelled by the moderators

  2. Calm down with the Conte stories, Football Italia lol.

    He’s gone to the epl, so leave it to the English football sites.

    Either way, it’s more bad news for Serie A, as we’ll probably see more of the best players moving to England to play for average teams like Spurs and rubbish like Newcastle.

  3. A bad day for the league as the inevitable will happen, more Serie A talent will go to EPL, and to be replaced by their pensioners and has beens.

  4. Tittenham Coldspuds are only the 7th best team in London. Conte should have waited for United, City (when Pep leaves) or P$G. All three have money and actually can spend for the moaner in chief.

  5. @ricky ; Teams like City or PSG have ambitions in Europe so if anyone has ambitions in Europe why would you want Conte as Coach ? it’s been almost 10 years since he mads the Quarter finals

  6. It’s ridiculous how some people keep saying this every Serie a is full of pensioners but whenever a club like PSG or other rich clubs hit some jackpot they pick the best players from Serie a , they have been doing that for years and it never stop, so where are these good players coming from if Serie a is for pensioners ? Because EPL has more money don’t make Serie a a poor league, let that sink in. I don’t think there is anything to envy about the EPL being the richest, all their top clubs even the average ones are filled with foreign coaches, players and ex players from other country taking up management roles like Directors of Sport etc, and where are the English coaches and ex players ? They are all working as a TV pundits, 80% of English ex players and current coaches work on sky,bt,itv or bbc because the foreign owners prefer foreign experts, even a just retired 35years old players couldn’t get a youth team job and they all work on TV , if that’s the price you pay for being the richest league then serie a is a way better for the Italians. Italy has won the World and Euro 2006,2021, France has won so as Spain and Germany , the last time England won was 1956 if I’m right? that should tell you that their rich league is as beneficial as damaging.

  7. @Ralph. Not far off the mark! England’s WC was in 1966 for the record. Having young talent is also a matter of good scouting and player development. Italian clubs need to recommit to developing local youth. Pep’s Barcelona became a juggernaut with 6-7 players from their cantera, Messi included. Then they forgot this and now look at them.

    And to those calling Serie A a pensioner’s league or an EPL training ground, how do you think fans in the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Eastern Europe, or South America feel when Fiorentina take Vlahovic from Partizan, or Juventus takes Kaio Jorge from Santos? There is always a hierarchy. Like my dad always said, you need to look at those below you, not those above, and feel lucky to have what you have.

  8. If Conte wins a trophy with Spurs, he will be treated like a king. I see the exit of English players and introduction of Serie A players. Like always he will do amazing in the league but suck in Europe. I see him experiment for this season to contend next year.

  9. @marco branca, The whole move is bizarre. Conte is perfect for Utd as he is a specialist in league matches. The team is pretty good and he would give fish and chips Maguire a good rocket up the bum bum or sell off the overrated typical PL player, who can only fluke it with corners and set pieces. But going to Spuds is weird as Daniel Levy is like scrooge and will only give the moaner £5 in Jan and then a further £7.50 to go summer shopping. Levy will also want change to boot.

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