As per Calciomercato.it, new Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has already made an eye-watering demand as he also eyes six ‘big name’ Serie A stars.
The Lowdown: Conte era begins…
As now officially confirmed, Spurs have commenced yet another new managerial era for the second time in the space of a few months after the premature sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Indeed, serial winner Conte has now taken to the helm after managing director Fabio Paratici originally failed to land him in the summer.
The transfer chief has now managed to convince Conte to sign with the north London club as the 52-year-old puts pen to paper on an 18-month initial deal with the option to extend further (The Evening Standard).
Paratici, delighted to appoint his compatriot with ‘vast experience and trophies‘, may also have to take into account Conte’s transfer wish list if the Italians are to transform Spurs into a Premier League and European force once again.
Who does Conte need most at Spurs?
Stefan de Vrij
Reports from Italy indicate that the former Chelsea boss has already set his sights on numerous targets to strengthen the Lilywhites and Calciomercato.it in particular have now lifted the lid on an eye-watering budget demand.
The Latest: Conte makes £237m demand as he eyes six stars, including Chiesa…
According to their sources, the four-time Serie A winner is eyeing six ‘big name’ players from the division in Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Marcelo Brozovic, Alessio Romagnoli, Dusan Vlahovic and, now, even Juventus superstar Federico Chiesa.
As well as this, Conte has apparently already requested a €280m (£237m) transfer kitty at Spurs as he eyes a major overhaul.
The Verdict: Summary of ambition…
The ex-Juve coach’s eye-watering nine-figure Spurs transfer demand, not to mention the fact he is now keeping tabs on Euro 2020 star Chiesa, is perhaps the summary of why Paratici had to hire him as Lilywhites supporters yearn for ambition to return to their club.
While it remains to be seen whether he will be granted such extravagant resources, potentially signing Chiesa alone would come as a real statement of intent by both Conte and Spurs.
Lauded as a ‘huge player’ by Rio Ferdinand (BT Sport via The Daily Mail), with his exploits at the Euros under Roberto Mancini coming as a fine example of this, his attacking versatility is also a stand-out reason to attempt a swoop.
Indeed, Chiesa can play on the wing and further forward as a second striker – with Joe Cole even drawing comparisons with former Liverpool star Luis Suarez for his ‘hustling and bustling’ (BT Sport via The Daily Mail).
Signing the 24-year-old and the addition of a £237m transfer war chest are certainly tall orders by Conte but they exemplify his character and where he aims to take the club.
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