Speaking live on El Chiringuito TV, reporter Eduardo Inda has dropped a big Tottenham Hotspur transfer claim involving Antonio Conte and club favourite Gareth Bale.
The Lowdown: Conte requests Spurs flurry…
Since the former Chelsea manager’s recent return to London, there have been no shortage of reports detailing his personal transfer requests to the Spurs board and managing director Fabio Paratici.
Should Spurs re-sign Gareth Bale again?
100 per cent
Indeed, multiple sources have tipped Conte to raid Italy for talent over the last week, with Football Insider explaining that he has personally told Tottenham to sign Inter defender Stefan de Vrij.
Meanwhile, another report from La Gazzetta dello Sport explained that the 52-year-old has earmarked both AC Milan’s Franck Kessie and Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic as his personal top targets.
In a bizarre twist, it appears that Conte doesn’t just have his sights set on Serie A, but also on some of Tottenham’s most cherished names of past seasons.
The Latest: Conte asks Spurs to re-sign Bale…
As per Inda’s information, speaking on El Chiringuito, Tottenham’s new manager has now asked the Lilywhites to re-sign Bale for a third time.
The Wales star returned to Spurs last season on a loan spell from Real Madrid but chairman Daniel Levy seemingly opted against taking him back permanently.
Resultingly, the Galacticos are still stuck with him and his £500,000-a-week wages, but it appears that Conte is now keen for Bale to return to the English capital for another Lilywhites spell.
The Verdict: Avoid…
Bale’s return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last year yielded mixed results overall and we would avoid bringing him back again, even taking into account his 183-goal career tally and how adored he is by some fans.
Whilst finishing last season as Spurs’ third-best player in the Premier League in terms of goals and assists combined (WhoScored) enjoying a mid-season spike in form, the 32-year-old also spent a fair portion of time unable to fully compete.
Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho even slammed Bale for giving a ‘totally wrong‘ impression about his improving fitness levels on Instagram at one point, with ex-Lilywhites striker Dimitar Berbatov also criticising the player’s attitude.
Bringing him back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would also be a gamble at big financial cost to Spurs considering his lofty salary.
As Conte keeps one eye on his first January transfer window, we believe that he is far better placed prioritising swoops for the likes of Dusan Vlahovic, especially considering that the Fiorentina ace can either partner or replace Harry Kane and comes with a lot of potential.
In other news: Conte blown away by another Spurs player in coach’s dream who smashes training, says Alasdair Gold…find out more here.
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