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Tottenham Hotspur: Conte wants to reunite with Stefan de Vrij

Tottenham Hotspur: Conte wants to reunite with Stefan de Vrij -Tottenham Hotspur News

Tottenham Hotspur are seriously considering a move for Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Lowdown: Previous relationship

Antonio Conte is understood to be keen on the idea of a reunion with his former Inter centre-half, with the north London club hoping that the Italian’s presence can lure the defender to Hotspur Way.

De Vrij is a known fan of the Spurs boss, having labelled him a “born winner” during the 52-year-old’s stint at the Milan club, where the pair won the Serie A title in 2021.

The 30-year-old is out of contract next summer, so it is easy to see why Fabio Paratici would be interested in securing the Dutchman’s signature, either with a reduced premium or on a free transfer when the opportunity arises.

The Latest: Jones’ claim on De Vrij…

Despite this, with a current market valuation of £40.5m, it seems unlikely that the Netherlands international will be available on a free transfer, as Inter will surely look to make their money back on the £36m that they paid for him in 2018. As a result, Jones believes that Paratici will be working on a deal in the next few months.

Speaking with GiveMeSport, the journalist claimed: “I think right now, looking to the next 18 months, two years, they’ll be seriously looking at de Vrij. He’s still got all the traits to be a top defender in the Premier League.”

The Verdict: Would be a strong addition

De Vrij has been hailed by former team-mates as a “monster” at the back who “also has excellent technique” to compliment his dominant traits, exemplified by his ranking in the 98% percentile for pass completion rate over the past year (via FBRef).

Conte has clearly formed the same opinion of De Vrij, claiming that the defender is “like Bonucci” in the qualities that he possesses and the important role that he plays as a defensive leader.

Therefore, with limited options in the centre-back position at Tottenham, it would not be surprising to see Paratici go all-out in pursuit of the Dutchman over the summer.

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