As per El Nacional, there has been an update in Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt involving Antonio Conte.
The Lowdown: Paratici eyeing move…
Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici has been tasked with strengthening Conte’s options in north London as the Italian duo seek to guide them back to the summit of European football.
It’s been over two years since Spurs last hit those lofty heights, with ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino guiding them to the 2019 Champions League final, but Conte’s glittering CV could point to a coach capable of reigniting the club’s fortunes.
As such, the 52-year-old’s pulling power has seen Spurs linked with a host of Serie A stars including de Ligt (Calciomercato.it), with Football Insider even claiming that Paratici personally believes a deal ‘can be done’.
Do Spurs need a new defender?
Yes, especially with Romero's injury
Now, in an update, El Nacional have shared some news on Tottenham’s interest.
The Latest: Conte personally eyeing ‘priority’…
According to the Spanish source, Spurs’ new manager has now personally listed de Ligt as a ‘priority’ target for the club.
This comes as the 22-year-old’s representative, super agent Mino Raiola, offers him out to the likes of Real Madrid as he seeks a move away for his client.
He is also aware of Premier League interest, though, with Conte eyeing the player for Spurs as well as Premier League champions Manchester City taking an interest.
The Verdict: Ambitious…
Conte ambitions for Spurs could be perfectly summed up by this claim, especially given de Ligt’s plaudits and sky high valuation.
The Old Lady could feasibly demand more given his age and potential for sell-on value, not to mention he has attracted some pretty big praise.
Former Premier League star Edwin van der Sar, as relayed by TRANSFERmarketWEB, likened the Netherlands centre-back to Cristiano Ronaldo for his mentality and application in the gym.
On a reported wage of around £200,000-per-week, Spurs would have to break the bank in more ways than one to sign de Ligt – so pulling this transfer off would be quite the ambitious move.
In other news: Spurs agreement to sign star now possible as Paratici makes exciting plea to club chiefs, find out more here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience