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Tottenham transfers: Push hard for Perisic, Eriksen return possible, Bastoni still a key target


With the bulk of Tottenham’s £150million injection set to be spent on new players, there is plenty of excitement about the upcoming transfer window.

Antonio Conte has made no secret of the investment he thinks is necessary in the team to transform them from the first four challengers into a team capable of going for the biggest trophies. And Spurs are expected to back him up with around half a dozen signings, welcoming a mix of younger and more experienced players. Centre-back, left and right-back, central midfielder and striker are all areas they hope to strengthen.

Here, Athleticism breaks down Tottenham’s priority areas this summer (exits and arrivals), how they plan to operate and looks at some of the names being discussed by club decision-makers ahead of the window opening on June 10.

Let’s start with the goalkeeper position, which is already all done and dusted off.

As Athleticism Reported earlier this week, Fraser Forster has already traveled to Hotspur Way for his medical and will officially join the club when his contract from Southampton expires on June 30. League experience. Pierluigi Gollini returns to Atalanta after his disappointing loan spell.

Next to walk through the door could well be Croatian left-back Ivan Perisic, who Conte is keen to be reunited with after working successfully with him at Inter Milan.

Tottenham’s defense has been very strong in the final weeks of the season with just five goals conceded in 11 appearances, but it’s still an area Conte wants to strengthen. As things stand, Ben Davies is his only left centre-back and as Athleticism revealed in early April, this is a position Conte has been considering for some time.

Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol are still prime targets, but neither would be easy to conclude.

Bastoni, 23, is a huge Inter fan and, as the club’s best young player, someone they are desperate not to sell. Inter would demand a fee of around £50m and although Conte has worked with the player before and is a big fan, Spurs might not want to spend that much budget on him. Gvardiol, a 20-year-old Croatian, would probably be even more expensive than Bastoni, given his age. But after splashing out big bucks on Serie A’s Cristian Romero last summer and seeing how well it turned out, there’s a compelling case to say either of these two could offer good value. -price. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone complaining about the £42.5million it cost to bring in the Argentina international.

Turin’s Gleison Bremer is another Serie A centre-back under consideration, despite being a right-hander.

Josko Gvardiol has lifted the German Cup with RB Leipzig this season (Photo: Getty)

It will be even more tempting to go big on a new centre-back if Spurs can find cheaper options in other areas of need.

Left-back is one such position, where they are pushing hard to sign Perisic, 33 and a free agent from next month. Failing that, there’s also Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic, who is 29 and is set to run out of contract at the end of next season.

Both players fall into the category of experienced and proven players who could slot right into the squad and Conte could be trusted. At Inter, Conte converted Perisic into a left-back. The 112-cap Croatia international is currently weighing a new contract offer from Inter, but Tottenham are increasingly confident a deal can be agreed.

Conte would also like a new right-back, and Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence is someone Spurs have looked up to for some time. Once the 21-year-old’s season on loan at Nottingham Forest ends with the Championship play-off final against Huddersfield tomorrow (Sunday), Tottenham can get more clarity on their intentions. They are also considering replacing Wolves’ Adama Traore for the third time after spending the second half of the season on loan at Barcelona.

In midfield, Conte wants someone who can move the ball faster down the pitch and Spurs old boy Christian Eriksen, another he managed at Inter, is someone he likes .

Considering Eriksen recently turned 30 and following his heartbreaking health issues last summer, there would be an element of risk involved in re-signing the Denmark international and a high likelihood of value from low to low sale. But chief football officer Fabio Paratici and the club’s hierarchy accept that exceptions to the purchase of youngsters should be made in exceptional circumstances. A ‘homecoming’ for Eriksen when the short-term contract he signed with Brentford in January expires next month could be one such circumstance.

Tottenham also retain a long-standing interest in Southampton England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, but the new contract he signed last summer would likely make any eventual deal prohibitively expensive.

Up front, Spurs want to solve the perennial problem of their lack of replacement for Harry Kane.

Gabriel Jesus is an option, but even with just one year remaining on his contract, Manchester City are in no rush to sell and will demand a hefty fee for his services. Tottenham are likely to look elsewhere after loaning out young strikers Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott (once they trigger the latter’s one-year contract extension until summer 2024).

The need here isn’t as pressing right now given the ability of Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski to replace the centre-forward if needed.

It could then be that Spurs won’t sign another striker until after the start of the season, and it’s worth saying that while they hope to do as much business as possible as soon as possible so players are ready for the pre-season tour in South Korea. early to mid-July is not always possible. There are a number of moving parts in most trades and they may be able to close a few quick trades but then have to wait until the end of the window for some of the others.

Some of Tottenham’s business in this window will depend on who they can sell to, and it promises to be a busy summer in that regard as well.

As Athleticism reported earlier this month, it is accepted that Spurs will have to accept lower fees than they have done before and resign themselves to making losses on the players they have signed in a pre-pandemic world .

Those involved in top-flight recruiting point out that there simply isn’t the money in foreign leagues, even the big ones like La Liga, for teams other than superclubs to spend big on. Even a club like Villarreal, who have just reached the Champions League semi-finals, continue to push for loans where possible rather than permanent signings.

Giovani Lo Celso, on loan from Spurs, shone in Villarreal’s run to the Champions League semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

Villarreal has relevance for Spurs as it’s where Giovani Lo Celso has just enjoyed a successful half-season loan spell. They are among a number of Spanish clubs interested in the Argentine midfielder, who Conte doesn’t see as part of his plans and wants to sell.

Lo Celso will almost certainly leave this summer, but for it to be a permanent deal rather than a loan Spurs are likely to have to accept around half of the total £40million they have paid the Real Betis from La Liga in 2020.

Tanguy Ndombele will represent an even bigger loss than that, as it’s impossible to imagine anyone coming close to the £55m that Tottenham spent three years ago. Fresh off a mixed loan spell at former club Lyon since January, Spurs will do everything they can to push him forward this summer.

Then there’s Steven Bergwijn, whom Conte loves but accepts that he wants to play more regularly elsewhere than he has for Tottenham this season. Dutch champions Ajax are the likeliest destination, given how they chased the Netherlands in January and retain a long-standing interest, and Spurs are likely to have to accept less than the 20.8m of pounds sterling which they were then asking for Bergwijn.

Sergio Reguilon is also set to be sold to free up space for a new left-back, while on the opposite flank Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty are much needed despite much improved performances in the second half of the season. Centre-backs Joe Rodon and Davinson Sanchez will also both be allowed to leave at the right price.

It could also be the summer when Harry Winks moves on, with Southampton and Newcastle apparently interested.

Bryan Gil will be allowed to return on loan, having spent the second half of the season with Valencia, to help continue to prepare for the rigors of the Premier League, while Japhet Tanganga will have plenty of offers from clubs looking to borrow him . if it is decided that it would be better for its development.

There will also be loans to sort for a number of young players, including highly rated 17-year-old midfielder Alfie Devine, as Tottenham get to work on what promises to be one of their busiest summers in recent memory.

Additional reporting: James Horncastle

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