Tottenham Hotspur have called off plans to appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager following a breakdown in talks, as reported by Sky Sports.
Negotiations collapsed after the club baulked at some of the 51-year-old’s demands, while the Italian reportedly had reservations about Spurs’ readiness to win trophies immediately, as per Sky Sports.
Whoever ends up being appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor has a massive job on their hands, with this current Spurs squad in dire need of a fresh influence and, arguably, a major overhaul too.
Football FanCast delve into what a life under new management could look like in north London, and with the summer transfer window coming up, there will need to be additions to get the Lilywhites challenging again…
As explained by The Athletic and football.london’s Alasdair Gold, individual defensive mistakes and a major lack of cohesion have been the defining theme of Spurs’ disappointing campaign. Tottenham want two centre-back additions this summer and Daniel Levy could deliver the new manager a couple of solid options.
One is Fulham loan sensation Joachim Andersen, who is thought to be a top target and would cost around £25m. Another is Inter Milan mainstay Stefan de Vrij, who had reportedly been suggested by Conte to the club during the ultimately failed managerial negotiations. He’s currently valued at £45m, as per Football Insider.
The central pair could be joined by Joe Rodon in a new-look back three, with the young Welshman being preferred to the experience of Toby Alderweireld, and that could leave question marks over the futures of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez.
In terms of the wing-back positions, Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty could thrive with more freedom on the flanks, but it’s no secret that the backline is in need of serious work elsewhere.
De Vrij and Andersen could be among three signings this summer as Levy may clinch another player the club reportedly admire greatly, RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer.
Gold also claimed that Spurs “want” to sign him this summer, with Sport Bild suggesting that there was a 75% chance the goalscoring midfielder joins the north London outfit. He’s likely to cost in the region of €42m (£36m).
With the talents of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in an anchorman role, Tottenham can unleash the dual threats of Sabitzer and Tanguy Ndombele in box-to-box positions.
One big question mark remains over Harry Kane and his future at the club but the England captain tellingly revealed during the week that he thinks of his former manager Mauricio Pochettino as a “great friend“.
While Kane batted off questions as to whether he would be more likely to stay if the Argentine is reappointed, the Evening Standard reported that the club could make a renewed attempt to bring the 49-year-old back to North London. Should that eventuality come to pass, it might yet persuade the team’s star striker to stay put.
Heung-min Son maybe moved into a new role, but we know how lethal the South Korean can be when paired with Kane. The duo contributed towards 58% of their 68 league goals scored this season and it’s a frontline which could strike fear into the rest of the Premier League.
Spurs’ potential 2021/22 XI (3-5-2):
Andersen, de Vrij, Rodon;
Doherty, Hojbjerg, Sabitzer, Ndombele, Reguilon;