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Tottenham set up fierce transfer battle with Man Utd after Antonio Conte demand; Spurs player to be pushed out

Frenkie de Jong, Denzel Dumfries and Steven Bergwijn

Antonio Conte has reportedly instructed Tottenham to join Manchester United in the chase for Denzel Dumfries and a Spurs player could leave north London as a result.

Manchester United are huge admirers of Dumfries, who generally plays as a right wing-back for Inter Milan. Dumfries has been touted as a potential replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Old Trafford.

Previous reports have claimed Manchester United to be closing in on Dumfries’ capture in a £43million deal. However, the Red Devils are yet to strike a transfer agreement with Inter for him.

And this has allowed one of their ‘Big Six’ rivals, in the form of Tottenham, to join the hunt.

Tottenham were first linked with Dumfries’ signature on November 4. And Italian journalist Rudy Galetti has now provided an update on the situation.

He claims the main reason Spurs are involved is because of head coach Conte. The 53-year-old has told Spurs officials to try and sign Dumfries as he is fed up of current right wing-back Emerson Royal and wants him gone.

Galetti states Conte ‘is not convinced’ by Emerson, who has caused Spurs fans plenty of frustration since joining from Barcelona in August last year.

As such, Conte has made finding Emerson’s replacement one of his priorities and Dumfries is his preferred option.

Spurs, Man Utd target available for good price

The Dutchman has been a great signing for Inter, registering seven goals and 10 assists in 64 appearances from right wing-back. Despite this, the Nerazzurri are not looking for an astronomical sum when selling Dumfries.

He will supposedly be available for as little as €30million, which works out at £26.1m currently. Inter signed the wide man for €15m so are looking to double their money on him – but it could still represent a steal for Conte and Spurs.

It looks as though the financial side shouldn’t be too much of a problem for Spurs. However, they will face serious competition from Man Utd for the transfer.

As mentioned previously, Dumfries is on Erik ten Hag’s radar as he aims to replace Wan-Bissaka. Man Utd are keeping tabs on Dumfries’ situation and will likely submit a rival bid for him if Spurs launch a move first.

One advantage for Spurs this winter is the fact they can offer Dumfries Champions League football. Conte’s men are through to the round of 16 – where they will face AC Milan – after finishing top of Group D.

Man Utd, in contrast, couldn’t even finish top of their Europa League group and will have to play Barcelona in a tie to reach the knockout rounds.

Both clubs will have plans to convince Denzel Dumfries

Spurs could try to convince Dumfries to join them over Man Utd in January by pointing to their UCL credentials. Spurs are ahead of the Red Devils in the Prem, too.

However, there are a couple of reasons why Dumfries could still end up choosing Man Utd as his next club. The first is their illustrious history, which Spurs simply cannot match.

Man Utd are one of the biggest teams in world football and have won some huge trophies in the last 15 years, including the Prem title, Champions League and FA Cup.

Spurs, meanwhile, haven’t won any silverware since lifting the League Cup in 2008. This is the only thing that could result in Conte, Harry Kane or Son Heung-min leaving the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Another factor which could work in Man Utd’s favour when it comes to Dumfries is the Dutch aspect. Moving to the Theatre of Dreams would allow him to play under compatriot Ten Hag and alongside fellow Netherlands internationals Tyrell Malacia and Donny van de Beek.

That trio could help Dumfries settle in quickly at Man Utd. Spurs, though, do not have have Dutch representatives in their setup after letting Steven Bergwijn join Ajax in the summer.

Meanwhile, a transfer insider has told Newcastle they can make a statement by beating Spurs to the signing of a playmaker.