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Antonio Conte wants Stefan de Vrij reunion at Spurs

Antonio Conte wants to bring his former defender Stefan de Vrij to Tottenham Hotspur, according to reports…

What’s the word?

The Guardian’s Dave Hytner claims that the Italian believes a major overhaul to the squad is needed following transfer discussions with chairman Daniel Levy in recent days.

Conte feels like he needs a centre-back, midfielder, right wing-back and a striker.

As a result, the Inter Milan star has emerged as a genuine target but he does not fit Levy’s desired profile for signings as the Dutch international will turn 30 next month.

Should Levy sanction a move for de Vrij?

YES!

YES!

NO!

NO!

Levy U-turn

The Spurs supremo must make a U-turn in order to land Conte his desired target.

After the departures of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in recent windows, the Lilywhites have been left with a lack of experience in the backline and as Thiago Silva is proving at 37 for Chelsea, age isn’t a concern for a central defender.

De Vrij played a starring role in last season’s domestic triumph, where Conte led Inter to their first Serie A title in over a decade. He played 32 times on their way to being the best defence in the league, where he also averaged two aerial duels won, 1.3 interceptions and a 93.8% passing accuracy, via WhoScored.

It’s no wonder his former Lazio partner Mauricio waxed lyrical about his ability to ESPN.

“Stefan is a great defender and deserves to be at a big club. He’s very tall, he’s strong and fast, he runs a lot – he’s a monster” he said (via Football Italia). “He’s a calm defender who never gets agitated.”

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A truly wasted talent...

Spurs’ defensive issues have somewhat continued this season as seen in recent games. Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganaga put in a bundle of errors against Chelsea in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash, whilst the latter’s poor form rumbled on against League One outfit Morecambe.

It would be foolish for Levy to turn his nose up at de Vrij.

Valued at £18m by CIES Football Observatory, the 6 foot 2 colossus may be available for a very decent fee. If Conte, a former Premier League title-winner, wants him, then their chairman must sanction the move at all costs.

The Italian’s past experience with him makes him a perfect January addition alone.

AND in other news, Contact made: Spurs have “sounded” out “phenomenal” 35-goal star, fans will be fuming

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