Tottenham are under pressure to pull off a dream move for a Real Madrid star after Inter Milan reportedly showed interest.
Antonio Conte is eager to invest in the squad so they can get back into the top four and challenge Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. To the disappointment of the club’s fans, however, they have yet to join their ranks in January.
Asked about the issue last week, the Italian said: “I’m sure we want the best for Tottenham. The first person who wants to improve the situation is for sure our owner.
“I will have time to speak, also with the people who work within the club to try to fully understand the situation, to understand if there is an opportunity to improve this team in this transfer market.”
Tottenham are keeping tabs on several players, including Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij. The centre-back has a great relationship with Conte thanks to his time at Inter and could be tempted to reunite this year.
Spurs are also leading the race to sign Wolves winger Adama Traore. TUSEN includes four players were offered to the Molineux club as part of a potential deal – Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga, Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke.
Rumors have also started circulating about Luka Modric returning to North London. Real Madrid have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to older players, although that could see Modric move on.
Tottenham consider midfielder’s return
The classy midfielder’s terms expire this summer and, according to transfer journalist Ekrem Konur, Spurs could re-sign him.
However, they are not the only ones seeking Modric’s services. Goal, citing reports in Spain, say Conte’s former side Inter are also monitoring the situation.
They have long been interested in the Ballon d’Or winner and could pounce if he becomes a free agent on July 1. Interest is also stemming from Spurs’ Premier League rivals City.
Modric could join Pep Guardiola’s side for a season or two before spending the final years of his career at New York City FC.
Conte reacts to requests to withdraw
Meanwhile, Conte was faced with questions about if he would leave Spurs if no new player came this month.
“You know very well that I signed a contract and we agreed, Tottenham and I, on the duration of the contract,” he replied.
“I think it was good for me to see the situation and for the club to understand the coach he is going to work with. Now, I repeat, I am enjoying my time at Tottenham.
“I found a fantastic atmosphere, a great stadium, a great training ground, our fans are amazing because they always support us from start to finish, and I’m enjoying my time at Tottenham.”
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