Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has now given the ‘green light’ for a possible summer signing with pre-summer talks even held, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Spurs summer eye review…
According to reliable reports from The Times and The Telegraph recently, there could well be a summer of real change on the horizon at Hotspur Way.
Conte is apparently eyeing a plethora of major entries with as many Spurs players likely to make way, coming as the Italian and chairman Daniel Levy met for dinner three weeks ago to discuss strategy.
The Lilywhites head coach is apparently set for another high with Levy and sporting director Fabio Paratici at the end of the 2021/2022 Premier League season, with the top four chasers now on course to qualify for the League champions.
A point against Norwich City tomorrow will hand the North Londoners a place in Europe’s most prestigious competition and a potentially crucial financial windfall ahead of the transfer window.
The latest: The Lenglet talks have taken place…
According to Sport, sharing news of Tottenham’s potential summer activity, Paratici and co held talks over the signing of Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet – making contact over the terms of a transfer.
Conte’s side want the France international on loan for a season with a possible option to sign him permanently, a deal that doesn’t really sit well with the Catalans who are now exploring other options.
However, that is not going well as La Liga clubs taking Lenglet are seen as ‘unfeasible’ and Chelsea haven’t taken their interest beyond that – making Spurs favorites to sign the centre-back as they are now considered the ‘most viable option’.
There’s also Conte’s green light as he would ‘give the green light’ to sign the Barca man.
The verdict: take the step?
Barca’s options to offload Lenglet appear to be fading, potentially giving Spurs a strong hand to convince them to accept their loan plus the option to buy.
However, despite being hailed as a best professional‘ by former Camp Nou boss Ronald Koeman, we believe there could be better options for Conte to strengthen his squad.
Joško Gvardiol and Alessandro Bastoni, both related to movingarguably stand out as more exciting targets than Lenglet who has started just six league games this season.
Indeed, before pursuing a further move, it might be best for Tottenham to weigh up other more sustainable options.
In other news: Reporter: Paratici is now eyeing the move of a ‘world-class’ player to ‘excite’ Spurs fans… read more here.