Antonio Conte is the driving force behind a summer Tottenham raid for Wilfried Singo in a move that could see a current star axed, per a report.
Conte has already stamped his mark on Spurs since arriving earlier this season. Tottenham have adopted the back three system and now have a solid midfield foundation from which to build. Indeed, Rodrigo Bentancur’s January arrival has finally given Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg a worthy partner in the engine room.
Bentancur was joined in north London by fellow former Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski.
The Swede is only on loan, though if his early showings are anything to go by, Spurs will do all they can to make that deal permanent. The 21-year-old has fitted in seamlessly to the front three alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
And while the beginnings of a bright future are clear to see, there still remains several question marks in Tottenham’s squad.
One position set to come under the microscope this summer is right wing-back.
Emerson Royal arrived from Barcelona in the summer, though it’s fair to say the Brazilian has been a disappointment thus far.
Indeed, Matt Doherty has been preferred in recent weeks with the Irishman taking his chance with both hands. That has also sparked speculation Emerson could be axed after just one season.
Conte turns to Wilfried Singo
Now, according to Sport Witness, that scenario could unfold after Antonio Conte set his sights on signing Torino’s Wilfried Singo.
The 21-year-old Ivory Coast international has been a mainstay in the right wing-back position this year at Torino.
The Italian side boast Serie A’s fifth-meanest defence this year with just 30 goals shipped in 29 matches. The only four sides to have conceded fewer goals currently occupy the top four spots.
Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the uncompromising Singo would add steel and determination to Spurs’ right flank. That is not to say he doesn’t carry an attacking threat, however.
Singo has bagged three goals and four assists in the current campaign. And per Sport Witness, Conte now ‘wants him at Tottenham’.
Singo’s contract expires in the summer of 2023, though the club do hold an option to extend it by 12 months. Regardless, interest is reportedly widespread, with Tottenham and Conte’s deemed the strongest.
Any interest thus far is acknowledged to be in its early stages. As such, no figures as to how much Singo would cost are cited.
However, the presence of the contract clause for an extra year will ensure Torino won’t sell on the cheap.