Even though they’ve had four games postponed in recent weeks, Tottenham Hotspur have had a fairly positive start to life under Antonio Conte with four wins, one draw and one defeat across all competitions.
However, with Conte calling the quality of the Spurs squad into question after their 2-1 defeat against NS Mura in the Europa Conference League back in November, the upcoming January transfer window could be a great opportunity for Fabio Paratici to add some quality to Conte’s squad for the rest of the season.
With this in mind, it seems as though the Lilywhites already have their eye on signing someone in January who could fit into Conte’s plans.
According to La Repubblica, as relayed by La Lazio Siamo Noi (via Sport Witness), Tottenham are interested in signing Lazio midfielder Manuel Lazzari as he would apparently be a dream fit for Conte’s favoured 3-5-2 formation.
Since joining Lazio from SPAL back in the 2019 summer transfer window, the 28-year-old, who is currently valued at £16.2m according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of 99 appearances for Lazio across all competitions in which he has managed to score four goals and provide 10 assists along the way.
Throughout his entire career, Lazzari has made a total of 255 appearances as a right-midfielder but has played 16 games as a right-back for Lazio this season, showing that he’d be a useful figure for Spurs in either the right-wing back position or even possibly as part of the back three.
Labelled as a “quality” player in the past by current Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri, it’s easy to see why Conte would be interested in signing Lazzari and bringing him to Tottenham as an experienced and versatile player who would fit right in on the flank.
However, with Spurs having the likes of Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal and Japhet Tanganga in their squad that can play in the right-back or right-wing back position, it would be interesting to see if Conte would immediately give Lazzari the right-wing back spot ahead of their current options, or possibly look to offload one of those names first.
Either way, if Paratici sees an opportunity to deliver Conte with what would be a potential dream fit, then he should definitely look to do all he can to bring Lazzari, who was earning a weekly wage of £45k-per-week last year according to Salary Sport, to north London.