Tottenham must be creative and ruthless on the market with Conte’s future at stake


Antonio Conte’s future at Spurs feels inextricably linked to Tottenham’s “vision” and influence in the transfer market this summer, and managing director Fabio Paratici has been feverishly drawing up plans for the window.

Conte has hinted that to commit to Spurs for another season he needs guarantees the club can build. a team capable of challenging at the top of the Premier League – but has recognized that “they will have to be perfect” in the transfer market.

New signings will be crucial, but Paratici is aware that getting rid of players in a timely manner and for the right price will be just as important to Spurs’ rebuild, particularly given their previous struggles to clear covers.

Steven Bergwijn this week opened the door to a summer return to the Eredivisie, possibly with Ajax, but he is almost unique in that he is one of the few players in the squad that Spurs can sell for a significant fee, given his condition. from an established Dutch international and eye-catching cameos this season.

Conte sees several other first-team players as exceeding the requirements, but most of them will be much harder to move than the Dutch winger.

Harry Winks is likely to push for a summer exit and first-team football elsewhere, as Conte is understood to want a new midfielder in the mold of Jorginho, but would want to join a club where he has the chance to revive his career in England.

The Spurs are also expected to hear offers for Davinson Sánchez, Emerson Royal, Sergio Reguilón and Joe Rodón, though getting back what they paid for all the defenders may be a challenge.

Sánchez cost £42m, and both Emerson and Reguilón more than £20m, but all have had ups and downs in the Premier League and are more likely to return to the continent, where money is tighter.

Rodon was signed for £11m but has had little chance to increase in value as he was consistently overlooked by Conte and his predecessors, despite his impressive attitude.

Giovani Lo Celso is expected to attract interest after helping Villarreal reach the Champions League semi-final while on loan, but recouping the fee Spurs paid for the Argentine will be a challenge.

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Tanguy Ndombele, who also cost £55m, is likely to be harder to trade after mixed performances on loan at his former club Lyon. Lucas Moura and Matt Doherty may also go, but they are not far from the twilight of their careers and are enjoying playing for Spurs.

Paratici therefore faces a delicate balancing act between clearing the decks and limiting the club’s market losses.

Recent history suggests the Italian is primed for ruthlessness, having resorted to a number of creative approaches to dispose of players.

Last summer, Spurs paid for the final year of Serge Aurier’s contract after failing to find a buyer for the defender, while Dele Alli was allowed to join Everton in January on an initial free transfer, despite being Two years left on the contract.

This new approach is a consequence of the pandemic and the influence of Paratici, as well as hard lessons learned.

The club’s record signings Ndombele and Lo Celso were sent out on loan for nominal fees, with no guarantees that they would not return in the summer.

This new approach is both a consequence of the post-pandemic landscape and Paratici’s influence, and the result of hard lessons learned by the club, which previously clung to unwanted players for too long, disrupting the team and ultimately instance, costing them money.

For all the talk of Daniel Levy’s need to back Conte, it has been relatively overlooked that the president’s willingness to lend out Lo Celso and Ndombele was actually an important show of faith, given how much was spent on the midfield pair.

It will be intriguing to see if Levy is as willing to allow Paratici to be so ruthless en masse over the summer but, with few fringe players in as strong a position as Bergwijn, Spurs may have to get creative to ensure they can speed up their rebuild. .

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