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Tottenham perform Bryan Gil U-turn with Antonio Conte fuelling surprise new stance

Tottenham winger Bryan Gil

Tottenham have determined the best course of action to take regarding Bryan Gil this summer and it’s at odds with what their stance was previously reported to be.

The 21-year-old winger only arrived in north London last summer. Gil swapped places with Erik Lamela who moved the other way to Sevilla. A £21.6m fee was also included to sweeten the deal for the Spanish side.

Gil was used only sparingly in cameos from the bench upon arriving at Spurs. Neither Nuno Espirito Santo or Antonio Conte saw fit to make him a regular in their plans.

That led to a loan back to Spain with Valencia in January. By all accounts, Gil made a positive impression on Valencia officials and fans alike, though his game continued to produce very little in the way of end product.

Indeed, Gil finished the season with just two assists combined between his Spurs and Valencia spells. He did not score a single goal.

Despite that, Spanish outlet Marca reported Valencia were keen on bringing Gil back on board once more via the loan route. Indeed, Valencia reportedly lodged a proposal, though Spurs said no.

Tottenham were believed to be prioritising a loan move to a club that had European football on offer next season. That was with a view to ensuring Gil would be showcased on the biggest stage and thus retain or even boost his value if he impressed.

However, according to the latest from AS, Tottenham’s stance has now changed.

Tottenham shift Bryan Gil priority

Via Sport Witness, it’s reported Tottenham will now ‘prioritise a sale’ this summer.

Gil apparently ‘has no place’ in Conte’s plans. And with the impending signing of 33-year-old Ivan Perisic showcasing the clout Conte has in north London, it appears that snub will spell the end for Gil at Spurs.

From the player’s end, Gil reportedly wants to return to Valencia. However, the fact they missed out on European qualification has put them behind the eight ball financially.

A loan deal may be all they can muster and that will only be considered by Spurs if a permanent sale isn’t forthcoming first. All eyes will now be on who and how many other clubs come forward with permanent proposals.

Why are Tottenham severing ties already?

One look at Spurs’ frontline is enough to answer that question. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are immoveable in the front three. Dejan Kulusevski was a revelation following his January arrival and his loan deal will be turned permanent.

Spurs also have Lucas Moura on the books as well as Steven Bergwijn, though the latter may be on the way out if Perisic arrives.

The Croatian operated primarily at left wing-back for Inter Milan this season. However, he is more than capable of playing further forward when required.

 

The Perisic deal indicates Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is fully behind his manager. At 33, Perisic has little to no re-sale value – something that would’ve dissuaded Levy in the past.

But Perisic is well known to Conte and remains an effective performer despite his age. And if Levy is to provide the war-chest Conte would like to revamp other positions this summer, a sale or two for the likes of Gil may be a necessary sacrifice.