Dusan Vlahovic On Conte Radar
Spurs got off to a false start under Nuno Espirito Santo and will now attempt to mould their squad in Conte’s image, after enticing the former Juventus, Italy, Inter Milan and Chelsea boss back to the Premier League.
As ever at Tottenham, finding a way to alleviate the burden on Harry Kane is the No1 priority. The 28-year-old has struggled for form, though his well-taken opener in the recent 2-2 draw with Liverpool was an indicator that he could be returning to his best.
Still, a striker is a must and Fiorentina hitman Dusan Vlahovic is one name which will not go away. The 6ft 3in Serbian is already well on the way to matching last season’s 21-goal tally in Serie A and has earned admiring glances from England’s top flight for some time now.
Spurs will face stiff competition for the 21-year-old from North London neighbours Arsenal, as well as Manchester City and Juventus. Fiorentina would prefer to sell their prized asset to the Premier League and a fee of around £80million should be enough to get the deal done.
However, Fiorentina haven’t given up hope of retaining the forward, having offered Vlahovic the biggest contract in the club’s history.
Chief executive Joe Barone recently said: “Both Dusan and his agent made us realise that they do not want to accept. Our bid is still on the table.”
Lorenzo Insigne Also A Target
Another Serie A forward linked with a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne.
The 30-year-old struck 19 times in Serie A last season – his best return for the Neapolitan side – but will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January, ahead of his contract expiring this summer.
Napoli won’t want to lose their talisman and even the opportunity of a reunion with former Azzurri coach Conte might not tempt Insigne away from his boyhood club in January.
Speaking about Spurs’ interest, Insigne’s agent Vincenzo Pisacane said: “I won’t have contact with anyone until January. On this I am very firm: from the 2nd [of January], then, everything will change.”
Serie A Players A Focus For Conte
Serie A players are the order of the day and little wonder, given Tottenham’s main decision makers know the market inside out. Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is another player entering the final six months of his contract and the bun fight has already begun.
Kessie, 25, had initially stated a desire to remain with the Rossoneri but the reality has proven somewhat different, with agent George Atangana demanding a reported €9million-a-year to stay in Milan.
In terms of departures, players will have to make way for any new signings. Dele Alli had looked set to go out on loan after Daniel Levy previously knocked back loan offers from Paris Saint-Germain.
However, after the 25-year-old’s stellar showing in the Liverpool draw, a rethink could be on the cards. The same goes for Harry Winks, who made just his third Premier League start of the season. He has been linked with Newcastle United but could now find himself back in Conte’s plans.
Tottenham will look to use January to kick-start their season in much the same way Dele and Winks have revitalised their own.