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Spurs: Antonio Conte’s centre-back summer wish list revealed

An ever-reliable source has dropped a major update about Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer plans…

What’s the word?

According to football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, the north London outfit are looking to bolster Antonio Conte’s playing squad with two central defensive additions, particularly if either of Joe Rodon or Japhet Tanganga depart on loan in the coming months.

“A big piece on Spurs’ search for new centre-backs this summer, including the latest on Alessandro Bastoni and some of the other names that can be found on [Fabio] Paratici and Conte’s defender transfer wishlist,” he tweeted alongside an accompanying article.

It’s thought that a left-sided option is the main priority, with Inter Milan‘s Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol among the top targets.

Other names on Spurs’ shortlist include Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Crystal Palace gem Marc Guehi, Torino’s Gleison Bremer and Barcelona colossus Clement Lenglet.

Exciting options

It’s certainly an exciting time to be a member of the Lilywhites faithful and this latest claim from one of the most trustworthy sources is sure to elevate hopes even more heading into next season.

After qualifying for the Champions League in stunning fashion on the final day of the 2021/22 campaign, Conte will know just how important squad depth will be when trying to compete for three or four different trophies.

Since his arrival in November, the Italian head coach has stuck by a three-man defensive line of Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and left-back Ben Davies, who has done a solid enough job, but in the long run, Conte needs an out-and-out colossus to pair with the other two.

Which centre-back do you want at Spurs most next season?

BASTONI

BASTONI

GVARDIOL

GVARDIOL

TORRES

TORRES

OTHER

OTHER

Both Bastoni and Gvardiol are hugely appealing names but they could both prove to be the most difficult of the names on the shortlist to sign – Inter want £51m for the Italy international, who Conte has managed before, whilst the Leipzig star would far exceed that and he’s said to be happy there.

The fallback options aren’t bad at all, though, with Torres probably the pick of the bunch.

He has played a big role in Villarreal’s recent rise in Europe, winning the Europa League in 2021 before a stunning run to the Champions League semi-finals this season.

The £45m-rated titan has been lauded as an “extraordinary talent” by former Yellow Submarines midfielder Javi Calleja.

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Many watchers of the Premier League have seen what Guehi has been able to achieve under Spurs’ former foe Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace, whilst Paratici and Conte will know about Bremer from their time in Serie A.

That then leaves Lenglet, who is perhaps the most uninspiring of the bunch but that said, his experience could prove to be influential to Spurs if it boiled down to him.

All in all, Spurs supporters must be absolutely buzzing by this big reveal. If the north Londoners can seal two solid centre-backs this summer, then you really will have to take them seriously next season – that’s for sure.

AND in other news, Paratici given green light for “unbelievable” £40m Spurs signing, he’s Conte’s “dream”

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