Tottenham to back new manager Antonio Conte with £237million war-chest

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Italian, 52, who has signed a contract until June 2023, with an option to extend, has replaced Nuno Espirito Santo, who was relieved from his duties after Tottenham’s 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

Antonio Conte walked away a few weeks after helping Inter Milan win the Serie A title last season. After understanding the project at Spurs, the 52-year-old tactician has agreed to take the job that he interestingly turned down five months before.

The ex-Juventus and Chelsea boss has already made his demands clear to the Tottenham board. The north London club are set to hand Conte a £237million war-chest in the next transfer window to help revamp their squad.

Tottenham potential’s targets in the January transfer window

1. Federico Chiesa (Juventus)

Federico Chiesa of Juventus FC reacts during the Serie A football match between Juventus FC and Atalanta BC at Juventus

It is not surprising to see Conte looking at the Italian market for reinforcements, especially one of his former clubs in Juventus. Federico Chiesa is high on Conte’s list of potential winter signings as Spurs look to bolster their squad.

Chiesa, 24, who played a starring role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph in the summer, is one of Serie A’s hottest talents. However, he hasn’t been at his best this season with Juventus struggling under the returning Max Allegri.

The Italian international is a top player, and his versatility combined with his speed, energy, work ethic, creativity and goalscoring ability would hugely benefit Tottenham. Chiesa is rated at €80-90 million.

2. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax

Another Juventus star, Matthijs de Ligt is also on Conte’s radar ahead of the winter transfer window.

Spurs looked vulnerable at the back under Nuno, conceding 16 goals in 10 games. Conte would want defensive stability to build a successful Spurs side, which makes Matthijs de Ligt an ideal target.

De Ligt may have not lived up to the expectations at Juventus following his move from Ajax in 2019 but he is still so young to learn and grow as a footballer. Under a demanding manager like Conte, the Dutchman could unlock his true potential. He is rated at around €70 million.

3. Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)

Antonio Conte won the Premier League and Serie A titles with Chelsea and Inter Milan respectively with 3-4-1-2/3-4-3 systems. So, at Spurs, a back three is almost a certainty, and while the Italian tactician has decent defensive options at his disposal, he is eyeing reinforcements in that area of the pitch.

AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli is also wanted by Conte. Romagnoli is into the final year of his contract, so Spurs could be able to negotiate a cut-price deal for his services in January.

4. Stefan de Vrij and Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan)

Stefan de Vrij and Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan)

It is not shocking two see Inter Milan duo Stefan de Vrij and Marcelo Brozovic on Conte’s potential list of targets. Both De Vrij and Brozovic won the Scudetto with Conte last season, thus, the Italian boss knows them well and could lure them away from Inter to Spurs.

The Inter pair could arrive at Spurs for a combined fee of €50 million in January.

5. Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina)

Fiorentina ace Dusan Vlahovic has been earmarked as a key signing by the newly-appointed Spurs boss.

One of Europe’s hottest properties, Vlahovic, 21, was a revelation for Fiorentina last season with 21 goals. And he already has 10 goals during the current campaign, including a hat-trick he scored in his last game against Spezia.

The big Serb’s goalscoring exploits has piqued the interest of some of Europe’s elite clubs. La Viola have already confirmed Vlahovic will not be signing a new contract, which expires in the summer of 2023. The Serie A club are holding out for a fee in the region of €60 for their 21-year-old hotshot.

With Harry Kane out of sorts and his future yet to be resolved, Spurs could do with a new striker in January, however, they must act fast to get the coveted Vlahovic.

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